- the usually temporary dimming of the sight caused by the glare of reflected sunlight on snow.
Origin of snow blindness
First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for snow-blind
This, the first "snow-blind day" claimed McLean for its victim.The Home of the Blizzard
He was evidently ill, and, as they soon realised, snow-blind.The Romance of Polar Exploration
G. Firth Scott
When they got back to the ship it was dinner-time, and both were snow-blind.Crusoes of the Frozen North
One of them, snow-blind, towed helplessly at the rear of a sled.The God of His Fathers
But snow-blind men can see in the darkness, and he discovered that he was lying on his back in a room where a fire was flickering.Sergeant Silk the Prairie Scout
- temporarily unable to see or having impaired vision because of the intense reflection of sunlight from snow
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Word Origin and History for snow-blind
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A usually temporary loss of vision and inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea caused by exposure to bright sunlight and ultraviolet rays reflected from snow or ice.
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