floe

[ floh ]
/ floʊ /

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

1810–20; perhaps < Norwegian flo layer (compare Old Norse flō layer, level); cognate with Old English flōh piece, flagstone; cf. flaw1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH floe

floe flow (see synonym study at flow)
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British Dictionary definitions for floes

floe
/ (fləʊ) /

noun

Word Origin for floe

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

floe
[ flō ]

A mass or sheet of floating ice.
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