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snow crystal

a crystal of ice sufficiently heavy to fall from the atmosphere.
Compare snowflake.
Origin of snow crystal
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A snow crystal is so fragile that it is easily mutilated by the wind and by contact with other crystals.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • While waiting for the response he picked up a pencil from my pen-tray, and idly drew a snow crystal on the big desk-blotter.

  • But her slender finger pointed only to the snow crystal that Rivers had drawn.

  • On the face of it, it would seem as if Case Rivers must have drawn this figure of a snow crystal.

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