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graupel

[grou-puh l]
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noun
  1. snow pellets.
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Origin of graupel

1885–90; < German; diminutive of Graupe hulled grain
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  • 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

graupel

noun
  1. soft hail or snow pellets
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Word Origin

German, from Graupe, probably from Serbo-Croat krupa; related to Russian krupá peeled grain
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graupel in Science

graupel

[groupəl]
  1. 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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