- an ice sheet projecting into coastal waters so that the end floats.
Origin of ice shelf
First recorded in 1910–15
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To raise the packages from the floe to the top of the ice-shelf, a "flying-fox" was rigged.The Home of the Blizzard
- a thick mass of ice that is permanently attached to the land but projects into and floats on the sea
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