[sas-truh-guh, sah-struh-, sa-stroo-, sah-]
- Usually sastrugi. ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of the wind.
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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Examples from the Web for sastruga
Each of us took it in turn to run ahead, jumping from one sastruga to another.
One walks into a deep trench or a sastruga two feet high without noticing it.
- one of a series of ridges on snow-covered plains, caused by the action of wind laden with ice particles
from Russian zastruga groove, from za by + struga deep place
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