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nivation

[nahy-vey-shuh n] /naɪˈveɪ ʃən/
noun, Geology
1.
erosion resulting from the action of frost beneath a snowbank.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Latin niv- (stem of nix) snow + -ation
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British Dictionary definitions for nivation

nivation

/naɪˈveɪʃən/
noun
1.
the weathering of rock around a patch of snow by alternate freezing and thawing
Word Origin
C19: from Latin nix, stem niv- snow
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