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[snoh-slahyd] /ˈsnoʊˌslaɪd/
an avalanche consisting largely or entirely of snow.
Also, especially British, snow-slip
[snoh-slip] /ˈsnoʊˌslɪp/ (Show IPA)
Origin of snowslide
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; snow + slide Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I can mention his name now without Ketury's landin' onto me like a snowslide.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He told the Ranger and the doctor about their ride on the snowslide.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
  • They were climbing Mont Blanc when a snowslide swept them away into a deep crevasse.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • This tearing wind will soon roll up the mist, and the thunder will certainly start another big rock or a snowslide.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • There was a snowslide too that buried their house and gave them some lively work to dig themselves out.

    Bobby Blake on a Plantation Frank A. Warner
  • Joe looked for a long time before he answered, and then he said, snowslide, I reckon.

    Jack the Young Explorer George Bird Grinnell
  • I said a long time back Id give a pretty if a man of God would come in here and shake this camp like a snowslide in the mountains.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • A few times I have known of one or more to be carried down to death by a snowslide.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Deer, elk, and mountain sheep occasionally are caught in deep snow, or are struck by a snowslide.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Once I knew of a number of wolves and two lions lingering for more than two weeks at the wreckage brought down by a snowslide.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills

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