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[snoh-bangk] /ˈsnoʊˌbæŋk/
a mound of snow, as a snowdrift or snow shoveled from a road or sidewalk.
Origin of snowbank
First recorded in 1770-80; snow + bank1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Two small holes are frequently cut in the snowbank which forms the ledge, at about the middle of its height (see Fig. 492 a).

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • You certainly paid him back for shoving you into that snowbank.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • I was on my way to the river, thinking I could find a place on the wharves to sleep, when I stumbled and fell into the snowbank.

  • He called for help, but the cry rose no higher than the snowbank.

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • Over the snowbank came the Army of Blue, carrying all the snowballs it could manage.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • Once we saw what we took to be a snowbank just ahead by the roadside.

    The Car That Went Abroad Albert Bigelow Paine
  • It was the sleeve of a mans rough coat thrust out of the snowbank that brought this last cry to the childs lips.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • He swung too wide, and the next moment Will had pushed him into a snowbank.

  • In another five minutes he was peering like a woodchuck from his hole in the snowbank.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • Well, there's a snowbank in that caon, about two hundred yards off to the left of the spring.

    Heart's Desire Emerson Hough
Word Origin and History for snowbank

1779, from snow (n.) + bank (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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