- precipitation consisting of small, slowly falling crystals of ice.
Origin of ice crystals
First recorded in 1840–50
Also called ice needles.
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Examples from the Web for ice crystals
The two halos are the only phenomena which admit of explanation without assigning any particular distribution to the ice-crystals.
The display lasted ten minutes and ended with the disappearance of the ice-crystals.The Home of the Blizzard
Aqueous vapour rising in equatorial regions may finally return to the earth in the form of ice-crystals at the poles.The Energy System of Matter
The snow again lay thick on the ground, and millions of ice-crystals glittered in the sunshine on bush and tree.Debit and Credit
It is caused by the refraction of light passing through moisture, which at the usual height is in the form of ice-crystals.Reading the Weather
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