[ en-gley-shuh l ]
/ ɛnˈgleɪ ʃəl /

adjective Geology.

within the ice of a glacier.
believed to have been formerly within the ice of a glacier: englacial debris.

Origin of englacial

First recorded in 1890–95; en-1 + glacial

Related forms

en·gla·cial·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for englacial


/ (ɪnˈɡleɪsɪəl) /


embedded in, carried by, or running through a glacierenglacial drift; an englacial river

Derived Forms

englacially, adverb
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Science definitions for englacial


[ ĕn-glāshəl ]

Located or occurring within a glacier, as certain meltwater streams, till deposits, and moraines.

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