snow-flake

snowflake

[snoh-fleyk]
noun
1.
one of the small, feathery masses or flakes in which snow falls.
2.
Meteorology.
a.
an agglomeration of snow crystals falling as a unit.
b.
any snow particle.
3.
any of certain European plants belonging to the genus Leucojum, of the amaryllis family, resembling the snowdrop.

Origin:
1725–35; snow + flake1

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snowflake (ˈsnəʊˌfleɪk)
 
n
1.  one of the mass of small thin delicate arrangements of ice crystals that fall as snow
2.  any of various European amaryllidaceous plants of the genus Leucojum, such as L. vernum (spring snowflake), that have white nodding bell-shaped flowers

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