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icicle

[ahy-si-kuh l] /ˈaɪ sɪ kəl/
noun
1.
a pendent, tapering mass of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.
2.
a thin strip of paper, plastic, or foil, usually silvery, for hanging on a Christmas tree as decoration.
3.
a cold, unemotional person.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English isikel, Old English īsgicel, equivalent to īs ice + gicel icicle; akin to Old Norse jǫkul mass of ice, glacier
Related forms
icicled, adjective
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  • So far, this winter isnt turning us into icicle pops.
  • Keep your eye clear as the bleb of the icicle, trust the feel of what nubbed treasure your hands have known.
  • The icicle lights have white wires and sockets, and no labeling on the light set.
  • Starting from the tip of the icicle, he used the snow shovel to break the icicle into smaller portions.
  • icicle at some point in the past, or they would not exist there today.
  • However, the red globe and white icicle radishes are rarely hot enough to warrant peeling.
  • Efforts to keep the tunnel free of ice this winter proved the icicle basket a success.
British Dictionary definitions for icicle

icicle

/ˈaɪsɪkəl/
noun
1.
a hanging spike of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water
Derived Forms
icicled, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from ice + ickel, from Old English gicel icicle, related to Old Norse jökull large piece of ice, glacier
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Word Origin and History for icicle
n.

early 14c., isykle, from is "ice" + ikel "icicle," from Old English gicel "icicle, ice" (rel. to cylegicel "cold ice"), from Proto-Germanic *jekilaz (cf. Old Norse jaki "piece of ice," diminutive jökull "icicle, ice, glacier;" Old High German ihilla "icicle"), from PIE *yeg- "ice." Dialectal ickle "icicle" survived into 20c.

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