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  1. a steep mass of detritus on the side of a mountain.
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Origin of scree

First recorded in 1775–85, scree is from the Old Norse word skritha landslide
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Related Words for scree

debris, rubble, fill, scree, leavings, deposit, sediment, brash

Examples from the Web for scree

Historical Examples of scree

  • Then we buried it deep under the big pile of scree on my hill.

    Shapes that Haunt the Dusk


  • It may, however, be recognised by its liberal output of scree.

  • They set off and Festing noticed Helen's confidence on the scree.

    The Girl From Keller's

    Harold Bindloss

  • What followed in that hurly-burly—that mad scramble through brake and thicket, down crag and scree—cannot be written.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

  • They walked down slowly, him leaning on her arm like an old man, steps faltering in the scree on the slope.

British Dictionary definitions for scree


  1. an accumulation of weathered rock fragments at the foot of a cliff or hillside, often forming a sloping heapAlso called: talus
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Word Origin for scree

Old English scrīthan to slip; related to Old Norse skrītha to slide, German schreiten to walk
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Word Origin and History for scree


"pile of debris at the base of a cliff," 1781, back-formation from screes (plural) "pebbles, small stones," from Old Norse skriða "landslide," from skriða "to creep, crawl;" of a ship, "to sail, glide," also "to slide" (on snow-shoes), from Proto-Germanic *skrithanan (cf. Old English scriþan "to go, glide," Old Saxon skridan, Dutch schrijden, Old High German scritan, German schreiten "to stride").

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