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[snoh-fleyk] /ˈsnoʊˌfleɪk/
one of the small, feathery masses or flakes in which snow falls.
  1. an agglomeration of snow crystals falling as a unit.
  2. any snow particle.
any of certain European plants belonging to the genus Leucojum, of the amaryllis family, resembling the snowdrop.
Origin of snowflake
1725-35; snow + flake1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then on your dark coat sleeve something soft and white and glistening falls—a snowflake.

  • She was called snowflake then and she lived in another cave.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity, so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • The same law that shapes the earth and the stars shapes the snowflake.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • As fuel, my choice this time fell on petroleum (“snowflake”).

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • That were "snowflake's" stall, sir, in the old time, and "snowflake" were little Dora's pony.

  • I shall not even mention the matter to my niece until we are all aboard the snowflake.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • They call you 'snowflake' and all sorts of things, I am told.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • She saw the intricate design of a snowflake that was the snows of all the earth and a drop of water that held all the oceans.

    Circle of Flight Richard Stockham
British Dictionary definitions for snowflake


one of the mass of small thin delicate arrangements of ice crystals that fall as snow
any of various European amaryllidaceous plants of the genus Leucojum, such as L. vernum (spring snowflake), that have white nodding bell-shaped flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snowflake

1734, from snow (n.) + flake (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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