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[grou-puh l] /ˈgraʊ pəl/
Origin of graupel
1885-90; < German; diminutive of Graupe hulled grain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for graupel
  • 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.
  • graupel-Small pellets of ice created when supercooled water droplets coat, or rime, a snowflake.
  • Snow pellets, also known as graupel, are softer than hail or ice pellets.
  • Technically used to refer to snow pellets or graupel.
  • By midday the rain began mixing with graupel and thunder and lightning was reported.
  • Included in the scheme are additional equations for the prediction of ice number concentrations and graupel.
  • Precipitation ice is in the form of snow, graupel, or sleet.
  • Higher lake temperatures and a deeper boundary layer appear to be critical components that allow for abundant graupel production.
British Dictionary definitions for graupel


soft hail or snow pellets
Word Origin
German, from Graupe, probably from Serbo-Croat krupa; related to Russian krupá peeled grain
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graupel in Science
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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