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[snoh-fleyk] /ˈsnoʊˌfleɪk/
one of the small, feathery masses or flakes in which snow falls.
  1. an agglomeration of snow crystals falling as a unit.
  2. any snow particle.
any of certain European plants belonging to the genus Leucojum, of the amaryllis family, resembling the snowdrop.
Origin of snowflake
First recorded in 1725-35; snow + flake1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for snowflake
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  • She was called snowflake then and she lived in another cave.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • The same law that shapes the earth and the stars shapes the snowflake.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • It had been about as conspicuous as a snowflake would have been in a glass of milk.

    Tom Slade on a Transport Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • That were "snowflake's" stall, sir, in the old time, and "snowflake" were little Dora's pony.

  • They call you 'snowflake' and all sorts of things, I am told.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • Would Pryce be able to save himself when the snowflake was scuttled or burned?

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • Youre willing to sink the snowflake and—and all thats implied in that.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • Sorry to disappoint you again, but the snowflake left Faloo this morning.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • snowflake leaves to-morrow morning, but returns for Lechworthy.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
British Dictionary definitions for snowflake


one of the mass of small thin delicate arrangements of ice crystals that fall as snow
any of various European amaryllidaceous plants of the genus Leucojum, such as L. vernum (spring snowflake), that have white nodding bell-shaped flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snowflake

1734, from snow (n.) + flake (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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