névé

névé

[ney-vey]
noun
1.
granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
2.
a field of such snow.
Also called firn, old snow.


Origin:
1850–55; < Franco-Provençal < Vulgar Latin *nivātum, noun use of neuter of Latin nivātus snow-cooled, equivalent to niv- (stem of nix snow) + -ātus -ate1

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névé (ˈnɛveɪ)
 
n
1.  Also called: firn a mass of porous ice, formed from snow, that has not yet become frozen into glacier ice
2.  a snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice
 
[C19: from Swiss French névé glacier, from Late Latin nivātus snow-cooled, from nix snow]

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neve
"field of granular snow, firn," 1843, from Fr. névé (19c.), probably from Savoyard névi "mass of snow," from L. nivem (nom. nix) "snow" (cf. Fr. niege).
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névé   (nā-vā')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The upper part of a glacier, consisting of hardened snow.

  2. The granular snow typically found in such a field.


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