- 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 blindness
This is an affliction almost identical in effect to snow-blindness.The Long Labrador Trail
The penalty for neglect might prove a serious attack of snow-blindness.Left on the Labrador
Then I was attacked by snow-blindness, the pain of which must be experienced to be realised.From Paris to New York by Land
Harry de Windt
Spectacles at once,” he said, “or I shall be having cases of snow-blindness to attend.Steve Young
George Manville Fenn
It is the same, in a slightly different way, with snow-blindness.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2
- 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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