[ frey-zuh l, fraz-uh l, fruh-zeel, -zil ]
/ ˈfreɪ zəl, ˈfræz əl, frəˈzil, -ˈzɪl /


ice crystals formed in turbulent water, as in swift streams or rough seas.


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Origin of frazil

1885–90, Americanism; < Canadian French frasil, frazil, fraisil, French fraisil coal cinders, Old French faisil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for frazil

/ (ˈfreɪzɪl) /


small pieces of ice that form in water moving turbulently enough to prevent the formation of a sheet of ice

Word Origin for frazil

C19: from Canadian French frasil, from French fraisil cinders, ultimately from Latin fax torch
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