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ice shelf

an ice sheet projecting into coastal waters so that the end floats.
Origin of ice shelf
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We had traveled five miles on the ice shelf above the foaming sea.

    North-Pole Voyages Zachariah Atwell Mudge
British Dictionary definitions for ice shelf

ice shelf

a thick mass of ice that is permanently attached to the land but projects into and floats on the sea
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