pancake ice


noun

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

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Origin of pancake ice

First recorded in 1810–20
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Example sentences from the Web for pancake ice

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

    South!|Sir Ernest Shackleton

British Dictionary definitions for pancake ice

pancake ice

noun

thin slabs of newly formed ice in polar seas
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