- granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
- a field of such snow.
Origin of névé
Examples from the Web for neves
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Captain Neves invited all the principal inhabitants of the place, and did what he could to feast them in a princely style.
Captain Neves was now actively engaged in preparing a present, worth about fifty pounds, to be sent by Pombeiros to Matiamvo.
Captain Neves had one weighing 120 lbs., and this weight is by no means uncommon.
A fine boy of Captain Neves' had, since my passage westward, shared a similar fate.
An idea of the cheapness of food may be formed from the fact that Captain Neves purchased 380 lbs.
- Also called: firn a mass of porous ice, formed from snow, that has not yet become frozen into glacier ice
- a snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice
Word Origin and History for neves
"field of granular snow, firn," 1843, from French névé (19c.), probably from Savoyard névi "mass of snow," from Latin nivem (nominative nix) "snow" (cf. French neige), from PIE root *sneigwh- "snow, to snow" (see snow (n.)).
- The upper part of a glacier, consisting of hardened snow.
- The granular snow typically found in such a field.