palsa

palsa

[pahl-suh]
noun, plural palsen [pahl-suhn] . Geology.
a mound of earth pushed up by or formed near the edge of a glacier, found in alpine and arctic areas.

Origin:
1940–45; (< G) < Swedish pals(e) < Finnish palsa peat knob in a bog, hillock in the tundra < Lappish

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