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pancake ice

newly formed ice in flat pieces too small and thin to obstruct navigation.
Origin of pancake ice
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So I took the ship north, and at daylight on Friday we got clear of the pancake-ice.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • One morning early in September, however, he found to his sorrow that pancake-ice was forming on the sea.

    Fast in the Ice R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for pancake-ice

pancake ice

thin slabs of newly formed ice in polar seas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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