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snow crystal

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  1. a crystal of ice sufficiently heavy to fall from the atmosphere.
Compare snowflake.

Origin of snow crystal

First recorded in 1865–70
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • The microscope gave me the same broken hexagonal prisms, mixed with tables closely resembling the snow-crystal.

    Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack

    Elisha Kent Kane