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[nahy-vey-shuh n] /naɪˈveɪ ʃən/
noun, Geology.
erosion resulting from the action of frost beneath a snowbank.
Origin of nivation
1895-1900; < Latin niv- (stem of nix) snow + -ation Unabridged
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  • The process of nivation, or snow erosion, does not always produce visible effects.

  • It would at first sight appear impossible to distinguish between these changes through the results of nivation.

  • He has adequately shown the manner in which that phase of nivation is expressed which we find at the border of the snow.

  • Thus far only those volcanoes have been considered which have been modified by nivation.

British Dictionary definitions for nivation


the weathering of rock around a patch of snow by alternate freezing and thawing
Word Origin
C19: from Latin nix, stem niv- snow
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