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blue ice

noun, Geology.
1.
the oldest and densest ice in a glacier, distinguished by a pale-blue color.
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  • This bluff under the glasses was of heavily crevassed, blue ice.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Her face was red, and the glint of blue ice was in her eyes.

  • But there was no disregarding this half-inch of blue ice that had covered the spring.

    The Strength of the Pines

    Edison Marshall
  • Bravely she ploughs through two feet of blue ice; and when she comes to the high ridges backs up and charges them again and again.

  • But here, for once, we had the genuine article, blue ice without a speck of snow on it.

    True Tales of Mountain Adventures Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond
  • The figure on Grismet lay stretched out at full length on the blue ice, his eyes closed.

    The Stutterer R.R. Merliss
  • The sledges ran through a sea of crevassed, blue ice, over ridges and past open chasms.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Off again, we "plugged" away until midnight when we were much surprised to find the usual snow surface merging into blue ice.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • It was the first beams of the rising moon, as yet invisible, striking upon the clear, blue ice of a great glacier far above us.

    Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
  • As they sailed toward it, it grew into long stretches of black, hilly shore with a blue ice mountain rising from it.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
Contemporary definitions for blue ice
noun

coarsely crystallized ice on the surface of some lakes and seas

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Slang definitions & phrases for blue ice

blue ice

noun phrase

Wastewater discharged from aircraft in flight, which freezes on the way to the ground

[Airlines 1990s+; fr the blue toilet disinfectant used]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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