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[ney-vey] /neɪˈveɪ/

granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
a field of such snow.
Also called firn. a mass of porous ice, formed from snow, that has not yet become frozen into glacier ice
a snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice

“field of granular snow, firn,” 1843, from French névé (19c.), probably from Savoyard névi “mass of snow,” from Latin nivem (nominative nix) “snow” (cf. French neige), from PIE root *sneigwh- “snow, to snow” (see snow (n.)).


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