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frazil

[frey-zuh l, fraz-uh l, fruh-zeel, -zil] /ˈfreɪ zəl, ˈfræz əl, frəˈzil, -ˈzɪl/
noun
1.
ice crystals formed in turbulent water, as in swift streams or rough seas.
Origin of frazil
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; < Canadian French frasil, frazil, fraisil, French fraisil coal cinders, Old French faisil
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frazil

/ˈfreɪzɪl/
noun
1.
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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