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snow crust

a relatively hard, upper layer or film of ice or compacted snow on a snow surface.
Origin of snow crust
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Climbing a ridge on a snow crust is no child's play, as Walter soon found out.

  • This time it held better, and at last the head o' the axe broke through the snow crust an' then it was easy t' pull it up to me.

  • And by the time he had crawled one hundred feet over the snow crust, the whole structure was in flames.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • By looking closely, he was able to see four sharply-cut paths in the snow crust.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
  • The pods of the locust tree fall on the frozen ground or snow crust and are blown long distances from their source.

    The School Book of Forestry Charles Lathrop Pack
  • Cutting a pole, Addison then belabored the snow crust about the hole with resounding whacks—still with no result.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's Charles Asbury Stephens
  • It went on, with varying success, till 'the moon of the snow crust,' as the Ojibbeways poetically style March.

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • At the same instant she heard the snow crust break, as if an animal were approaching through the thicket of young firs.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's Charles Asbury Stephens
  • But even when out on the snow crust the creature lay as inert as a dead bear.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's Charles Asbury Stephens
  • In the morning James set out early, but the deer heard his feet breaking through the snow crust.

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