pancake ice



newly formed ice in flat pieces too small and thin to obstruct navigation.

Origin of pancake ice

First recorded in 1810–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pancake ice

Historical Examples of pancake ice

  • So I took the ship north, and at daylight on Friday we got clear of the pancake-ice.


    Sir Ernest Shackleton

  • One morning early in September, however, he found to his sorrow that pancake-ice was forming on the sea.

    Fast in the Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for pancake ice

pancake ice


thin slabs of newly formed ice in polar seas
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