[grou-puh l]


Origin of graupel

1885–90; < German; diminutive of Graupe hulled grain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for graupel

blizzard, snowstorm, firn, graupel

Examples from the Web for graupel

Historical Examples of graupel

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


    Charles Fitzhugh Talman

British Dictionary definitions for graupel



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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graupel in Science



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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