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snowflake

[snoh-fleyk] /ˈsnoʊˌfleɪk/
noun
1.
one of the small, feathery masses or flakes in which snow falls.
2.
Meteorology.
  1. an agglomeration of snow crystals falling as a unit.
  2. any snow particle.
3.
any of certain European plants belonging to the genus Leucojum, of the amaryllis family, resembling the snowdrop.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; snow + flake1
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British Dictionary definitions for snowflake

snowflake

/ˈsnəʊˌfleɪk/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for snowflake
n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for snowflake

((genus Leucojum), flowering plant of the family Amaryllidaceae, related to the snowdrop (genus Galanthus).

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