ice flowers

  1. formations of ice crystals on the surface of a still, slowly freezing body of water.

  2. Also called frost flowers. delicate tufts of frost on a surface of ice or snow.

Origin of ice flowers

First recorded in 1905–10

Words Nearby ice flowers Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ice flowers in a sentence

  • The cold north wind outside drew lovely ice-flowers on the window-panes, so that no one could see in or out.

  • The latter are more common, and have to produce apples, while the ice-flowers are uncommon, and of no possible use.

  • They bore the most beautiful ice-flowers that any snow man could desire; but they concealed the stove.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales | Hans Christian Andersen
  • They were the most beautiful ice flowers any Snow Man could desire, but they concealed the stove.

    Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales | Hans Christian Andersen
  • At length the Christmas sun rises glowing red, and the ice flowers vanish from the windows.

    From Pole to Pole | Sven Anders Hedin