[ grou-puh l ]
/ ˈgraʊ pəl /


Origin of graupel

1885–90; < German; diminutive of Graupe hulled grain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for graupel

  • From the base local showers of rain or snow, occasionally of hail or graupel, usually fall.

    Meteorology|Charles Fitzhugh Talman

British Dictionary definitions for graupel

/ (ˈɡraʊpəl) /


soft hail or snow pellets

Word Origin for graupel

German, from Graupe, probably from Serbo-Croat krupa; related to Russian krupá peeled grain
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Scientific definitions for graupel

[ groupəl ]

A small, white ice particle that falls as precipitation and breaks apart easily when it lands on a surface. Also called snow pellet soft hail
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