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[frey-zuh l, fraz-uh l, fruh-zeel, -zil] /ˈfreɪ zəl, ˈfræz əl, frəˈzil, -ˈzɪl/
ice crystals formed in turbulent water, as in swift streams or rough seas.
1885-90, Americanism; < Canadian French frasil, frazil, fraisil, French fraisil coal cinders, Old French faisil Unabridged
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Examples from the web for frazil
  • frazil ice and submerged frazil slush can accelerate the initiation and early season growth rates of ice thickness.
  • Burbot are rarely found in fast moving water and frazil ice is rough on their gills.
  • They consist primarily of frazil and broken border ice.
  • frazil ice, unconsolidated ice crystals formed in super-cooled water, can clog water intakes.
  • Texturally, accreted ice resembled frazil ice that forms from the consolidation of freely nucleated ice crystals in sea water.
  • frazil ice is composed of individual ice crystals that can be carried down in the water column by vertical currents.
  • River ice initially can be formed as frazil transported by flow, whereas lake or reservoir ice is formed mainly in place.
  • frazil ice is a phenomenon which occurs during freeze-up and creates problems for operation of river intakes in open water.
British Dictionary definitions for frazil


small pieces of ice that form in water moving turbulently enough to prevent the formation of a sheet of ice
Word Origin
C19: from Canadian French frasil, from French fraisil cinders, ultimately from Latin fax torch
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