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snow crust

a relatively hard, upper layer or film of ice or compacted snow on a snow surface.
Origin of snow crust
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He came forcibly down on the snow-crust in a sitting posture.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Joe came down with great force, his feet foremost, and running through the snow-crust to a great depth.

    Wild Western Scenes John Beauchamp Jones
  • But as Dickie Deer Mouse wondered, a small shower of buds came rattling down upon the snow-crust.

    The Tale of Dickie Deer Mouse Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Breaking through the snow-crust he mixed snow with the moss and also rolled the sweater in snow.

  • With wide-sprawled wings she thudded down upon the snow-crust, almost under the fox's complacent jaws.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • There was no more ice to travel upon, and the snow-crust would not bear them during the warmer part of the day.

  • He heard quick, light footsteps in the snow-crust ahead of him.

  • It was evil going, and as he broke through the snow-crust mile after wearing mile, he felt himself grow weaker and weaker.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • The great arc-light of the moon had checkered the snow-crust with inky shadows, and patches of dazzling white.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • Often the snow-crust gave way under me, and then the stiff heather reached right up to my chest.

    The Forest Farm Peter Rosegger

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