sastruga

[ sas-truh-guh, sah-struh-, sa-stroo-, sah- ]
/ ˈsæs trə gə, ˈsɑ strə-, sæˈstru-, sɑ- /

noun, plural sas·tru·gi [sas-truh-gee, sah-struh-, sa-stroo-, sah-]. /ˈsæs trə gi, ˈsɑ strə-, sæˈstru-, sɑ-/.

Usually sastrugi. ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of the wind.

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Origin of sastruga

1830–40; <German <dialectal Russian zastrúga, noun derivative of zastrugátʾ, zastrogátʾ to plane, shave down (wood), equivalent to za- perfective v. prefix + strugátʾ, strogátʾ to plane, smooth (wood)

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sastruga

zastruga

/ (səˈstruːɡə, sæ-) /

noun

one of a series of ridges on snow-covered plains, caused by the action of wind laden with ice particles

Word Origin for sastruga

from Russian zastruga groove, from za by + struga deep place
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