icicle

[ahy-si-kuhl]
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:
before 1000; Middle English isikel, Old English īsgicel, equivalent to īs ice + gicel icicle; akin to Old Norse jǫkul mass of ice, glacier

icicled, adjective
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icicle (ˈaɪsɪkəl)
 
n
a hanging spike of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water
 
[C14: from ice + ickel, from Old English gicel icicle, related to Old Norse jökull large piece of ice, glacier]
 
'icicled
 
adj

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icicle
M.E. isykle, from is "ice" + ikel "icicle," from O.E. gicel (rel. to cylegicel "cold ice"), from P.Gmc. *jekilaz (cf. O.N. jaki "piece of ice," dim. jökull "icicle, ice, glacier"). Dialectical ickle "icicle" survived into 20c.
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Example sentences
As the hot steam condenses on the edges, it refreezes and forms icicles.
Come winter, he might be soldering icicles into glittering loops or star bursts
  with his bare fingers.
He made her practise in the cold until icicles formed in her hair.
My empty stocking dangled above the space heater from a clothesline shimmering
  with silver icicles.
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