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sastruga

[sas-truh-guh, sah-struh-, sa-stroo-, sah-] /ˈsæs trə gə, ˈsɑ strə-, sæˈstru-, sɑ-/
noun, plural sastrugi
[sas-truh-gee, sah-struh-, sa-stroo-, sah-] /ˈsæs trə gi, ˈsɑ strə-, sæˈstru-, sɑ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
Usually, sastrugi. ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of the wind.
Also, zastruga.
Origin
dialectal Russian
1830-1840
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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British Dictionary definitions for sastruga

sastruga

/səˈstruːɡə; sæ-/
noun
1.
one of a series of ridges on snow-covered plains, caused by the action of wind laden with ice particles
Word Origin
from Russian zastruga groove, from za by + struga deep place
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