[ ahys-kap ]
/ ˈaɪsˌkæp /
a thick cover of ice over an area, sloping in all directions from the center.
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British Dictionary definitions for icecap
/ (ˈaɪsˌkæp) /
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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Scientific definitions for icecap
[ īs′kăp′ ]
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.
A polar cap.
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