sastruga

sastruga

[sas-truh-guh, sah-struh-, sa-stroo-, sah-]
noun, plural sastrugi [sas-truh-gee, sah-struh-, sa-stroo-, sah-] .
Usually, sastrugi. ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of the wind.
Also, zastruga.


Origin:
1830–40; < German < dialectal Russian zastrúga, noun derivative of zastrugátʾ, zastrogátʾ to plane, shave down (wood), equivalent to za- perfective v. prefix + strugátʾ, strogátʾ to plane, smooth (wood)

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sastruga or zastruga (səˈstruːɡə, sæ-)
 
n
one of a series of ridges on snow-covered plains, caused by the action of wind laden with ice particles
 
[from Russian zastruga groove, from za by + struga deep place]
 
zastruga or zastruga
 
n
 
[from Russian zastruga groove, from za by + struga deep place]

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