graupel

[grou-puhl]
noun

Origin:
1885–90; < German; diminutive of Graupe hulled grain

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graupel (ˈɡraʊpəl)
 
n
soft hail or snow pellets
 
[German, from Graupe, probably from Serbo-Croat krupa; related to Russian krupá peeled grain]

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graupel   (grou'pəl)  Pronunciation Key 
A small, white ice particle that falls as precipitation and breaks apart easily when it lands on a surface. Also called snow pellet, soft hail.
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Example sentences
When snow falls in the form of a ball instead of soft flakes, it is called
  graupel.
If the riming is substantial, the crystal may become graupel, or snow pellets.
Snow pellets, also known as graupel, are softer than hail or ice pellets.
Technically used to refer to snow pellets or graupel.
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