ice crystals

noun Meteorology.
precipitation consisting of small, slowly falling crystals of ice.
Also called ice needles.

1840–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Most baked cookies can also be frozen if wrapped airtight to prevent ice
  crystals and freezer burn.
They probably are made of water ice crystals, and they are still in sunlight
  when night has fallen on the ground below.
Rather than scrambling the ice crystals, the shock wave from the rocket
  organized them into an array of tiny spinning tops.
Ordinarily, ice crystals rupture the cells of a frozen tissue sample, leaving
  nothing but freezer-burned goo.
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