icicle

[ ahy-si-kuhl ]
/ ˈaɪ sɪ kəl /

noun

a pendent, tapering mass of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.
a thin strip of paper, plastic, or foil, usually silvery, for hanging on a Christmas tree as decoration.
a cold, unemotional person.

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Origin of icicle

before 1000; Middle English isikel,Old English īsgicel, equivalent to īsice + gicel icicle; akin to Old Norse jǫkul mass of ice, glacier

OTHER WORDS FROM icicle

i·ci·cled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for icicle

icicle
/ (ˈaɪsɪkəl) /

noun

a hanging spike of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water

Derived forms of icicle

icicled, adjective

Word Origin for icicle

C14: from ice + ickel, from Old English gicel icicle, related to Old Norse jökull large piece of ice, glacier
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