icecap

[ahys-kap]
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Origin of icecap

First recorded in 1850–55; ice + cap1
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Related Words for icecap

iceberg, icecap, berg, floe

British Dictionary definitions for icecap

icecap

noun
  1. a thick mass of glacial ice and snow that permanently covers an area of land, such as either of the polar regions or the peak of a mountain
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icecap in Science

icecap

[īskăp′]
  1. A dome-shaped body of ice and snow that covers a mountain peak or a large area and spreads out under its own weight. Ice caps have an area of less than 50,000 square km (19,500 square mi). Compare ice sheet.
  2. A polar cap.
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