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ice needles

plural noun Meteorology.
  1. ice crystals.
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Origin of ice needles

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for ice needle

ice needle

noun
  1. meteorol one of many needle-like ice crystals that form cirrus clouds in clear cold weather
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