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frost smoke

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noun Meteorology.
  1. an ice fog caused by extremely cold air flowing over a body of comparatively warm water, especially in polar regions.
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Origin of frost smoke

First recorded in 1740–50
Also called barber.
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Historical Examples

  • The frost-smoke is wreathing the red zone of our southern horizon.

    Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack

    Elisha Kent Kane

  • As we sail on, the sea steams like a line-kiln, “frost-smoke” covers it.

  • As we sail on, the sea steams like a lime-kiln, "frost-smoke" covers it.

  • Soon will come a mist—unlike any mist or fog or frost-smoke you ever saw.

    Smoke Bellew

    Jack London

  • Yet we sped swiftly on, until a dark line was seen ahead with wreaths of "frost-smoke" curling over it.

    North-Pole Voyages

    Zachariah Atwell Mudge