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[en-gley-shuh l]
adjective Geology.
  1. within the ice of a glacier.
  2. believed to have been formerly within the ice of a glacier: englacial debris.
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Origin of englacial

First recorded in 1890–95; en-1 + glacial
Related formsen·gla·cial·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for englacial


  1. embedded in, carried by, or running through a glacierenglacial drift; an englacial river
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Derived Formsenglacially, adverb
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englacial in Science


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