noun Northern New England.
the breaking up of ice on lakes and streams during spring thaw.

1965–70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Perch usually spawn shortly after ice-out in the spring.
The best time to fish is after ice-out and through mid-summer, while water levels remain relatively high.
Harvest begins shortly after ice-out, with nightly fishing permits issued to individual tribal spearers.
The ladder configuration, consisting of waterfalls and resting pools, is used from ice-out in spring through ice-up in fall.
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