- an ice fog caused by extremely cold air flowing over a body of comparatively warm water, especially in polar regions.
Origin of frost smoke
First recorded in 1740–50
Also called barber.
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Examples from the Web for frost smoke
The frost-smoke is wreathing the red zone of our southern horizon.Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
As we sail on, the sea steams like a line-kiln, “frost-smoke” covers it.Voyages in Search of the North-West Passage
As we sail on, the sea steams like a lime-kiln, "frost-smoke" covers it.
Soon will come a mist—unlike any mist or fog or frost-smoke you ever saw.Smoke Bellew
Yet we sped swiftly on, until a dark line was seen ahead with wreaths of "frost-smoke" curling over it.North-Pole Voyages
Zachariah Atwell Mudge