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ice crystals

plural noun, Meteorology.
precipitation consisting of small, slowly falling crystals of ice.
Also called ice needles.
Origin of ice crystals
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Or Mr. Waldner's assimilative opinion that he had seen only ice crystals.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • ice crystals that fall like rain, but I've told you this before.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • Ice being composed of ice crystals is called a crystalline body.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • The comb-like ridges on the plaster cast have the form of the ice crystals.

    Fossil Ice Crystals Johan August Udden
  • I noticed with an odd detachment that the fog was composed of minute ice crystals, which glinted in the glow of the strange lamps.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • They do not always take the same form, but follow the same laws that govern the formation of ice crystals.

  • In spite of their immense variety in detail, all perfect snow crystals and other ice crystals have six sides or principal rays.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • The occurrence of a frost, in this sense, is not necessarily identical with the deposit of ice crystals known as hoarfrost.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • Photographs of fossil imprints of ice crystals on flags of the Eagle Ford.

    Fossil Ice Crystals Johan August Udden

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