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[ahys-kap] /ˈaɪsˌkæp/
a thick cover of ice over an area, sloping in all directions from the center.
Origin of icecap
1850-55; ice + cap1 Unabridged
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  • The ice cap itself, if such it could be called, was almost equally disappointing.

    The Hitch Hikers Vernon L. McCain
  • The ice cap was moving, flowing forward, a thousand-foot wall of ice!

  • When that occurred, the growth of the snowfield as well as of the ice cap must have been accelerated by glacial movement.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • That above the camp resembled the pictures of a Greenland ice cap.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
  • The whole of the vast highland is covered by an ice cap sending forth numerous glaciers in every direction.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • The ice cap formed by the accumulated snows of uncounted centuries may well be more than a mile in depth.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • You knew that you were looking at one of the greatest accessible ice patches in the world outside of the ice cap of Greenland.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • In place of the ice cap suggested in Rule 7, ice in cloths, or in a sponge bag may be substituted.

  • When the flood had subsided the ice 638 stranded and ever since forms an ice cap on the top of the mountains.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • We walked along at first just below the ice cap, which was very pretty with its long icicles gleaming in the sunlight.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
British Dictionary definitions for ice cap


a thick mass of glacial ice and snow that permanently covers an area of land, such as either of the polar regions or the peak of a mountain
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ice cap in Science
  1. A dome-shaped body of ice and snow that covers a mountain peak or a large area and spreads out under its own weight. Ice caps have an area of less than 50,000 square km (19,500 square mi). Compare ice sheet.

  2. A polar cap.

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