[frey-zuhl, fraz-uhl, fruh-zeel, -zil]
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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frazil (ˈfreɪzɪl)
small pieces of ice that form in water moving turbulently enough to prevent the formation of a sheet of ice
[C19: from Canadian French frasil, from French fraisil cinders, ultimately from Latin fax torch]

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Example sentences
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
They consist primarily of frazil and broken border ice.
Frazil ice, unconsolidated ice crystals formed in super-cooled water, can clog
  water intakes.
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