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floe

[ floh ]
/ floʊ /
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noun

Also called ice floe. a sheet of floating ice, chiefly on the surface of the sea, smaller than an ice field.
a detached floating portion of such a sheet.

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Origin of floe

First recorded in 1810–20; perhaps from Norwegian flo “layer” (compare Old Norse flō “layer, level”); cognate with Old English flōh “piece, flagstone”; cf. flaw1
floe , flow
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British Dictionary definitions for floe

floe
/ (fləʊ) /

noun

C19: probably from Norwegian flo slab, layer, from Old Norse; see flaw 1
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Scientific definitions for floe

floe
[ flō ]

A mass or sheet of floating ice.
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