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[berk-shroo nt]
  1. a crevasse, or series of crevasses, at the upper end of a mountain glacier.
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Origin of bergschrund

1835–45; < German (Berg mountain + Schrunde crevice)
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Examples from the Web for bergschrund

Historical Examples

  • On arriving, we explored a crevasse and examined the bergschrund at the top.

    The Rocky Mountain Wonderland

    Enos A. Mills

  • This crevice is called by the German-Swiss guides the Bergschrund.

    Outlines of the Earth's History

    Nathaniel Southgate Shaler

  • As long as the depth of snow (or snow and nv) is slight the bergschrund may remain open.

  • Happily the bergschrund was choked with snow, and we escaped with an involuntary slide.

  • About 800 feet below the spot where their fall commenced was a small Bergschrund, or crack across the ice.

British Dictionary definitions for bergschrund


  1. a crevasse at the head of a glacierAlso called: rimaye
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Word Origin

C19: German: mountain crack
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