[frey-zuh l, fraz-uh l, fruh-zeel, -zil]
- ice crystals formed in turbulent water, as in swift streams or rough seas.
Origin of frazil
1885–90, Americanism; < Canadian French frasil, frazil, fraisil, French fraisil coal cinders, Old French faisil
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- small pieces of ice that form in water moving turbulently enough to prevent the formation of a sheet of ice
C19: from Canadian French frasil, from French fraisil cinders, ultimately from Latin fax torch