- a steep mass of detritus on the side of a mountain.
Origin of scree
Examples from the Web for scree
Then we buried it deep under the big pile of scree on my hill.Shapes that Haunt the Dusk
It may, however, be recognised by its liberal output of scree.Climbing in The British Isles. Vol. 1 - England
W. P. Haskett Smith
They set off and Festing noticed Helen's confidence on the scree.The Girl From Keller's
What followed in that hurly-burly—that mad scramble through brake and thicket, down crag and scree—cannot be written.Unexplored Spain
They walked down slowly, him leaning on her arm like an old man, steps faltering in the scree on the slope.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
- an accumulation of weathered rock fragments at the foot of a cliff or hillside, often forming a sloping heapAlso called: talus
Word Origin and History for scree
"pile of debris at the base of a cliff," 1781, back-formation from screes (plural) "pebbles, small stones," from Old Norse skriða "landslide," from skriða "to creep, crawl;" of a ship, "to sail, glide," also "to slide" (on snow-shoes), from Proto-Germanic *skrithanan (cf. Old English scriþan "to go, glide," Old Saxon skridan, Dutch schrijden, Old High German scritan, German schreiten "to stride").