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Origin of firn
1850–55; < German (Swiss), noun use of firn last year's, old; cognate with Old English fyrn former, ancient, Gothic fairneis; akin to Old Norse forn ancient. See before
Words nearby firn
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Example sentences from the Web for firn
Firn, firn, or fern, n. snow on high glaciers while still granular—the French nv.
British Dictionary definitions for firn
/ (fɪən) /
another name for névé (def. 1)
Word Origin for firn
C19: from German (Swiss dialect) firn of the previous year, from Old High German firni old
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Scientific definitions for firn
[ fîrn ]
Granular, partially consolidated snow that has passed through one summer melt season but is not yet glacial ice. Firn becomes glacial ice once it has become impermeable to liquid water.
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