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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Definitions for iceblink

  1. a yellowish luminosity near the horizon or on the underside of a cloud, caused by the reflection of light from sea ice.

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Citations for iceblink
Above us the clouds were heavy and leaky, and ahead every depression of the dark mountains and the underside of the black cloud canopy above them was lit with the pale, cold glare of the "ice-blink." Robert E. Peary, Northward Over the "Great Ice," 1898
In a clear sky, it appeared, ice-blink was to be seen as a luminous yellow haze; on an overcast sky it was more of a whitish glare. J. R. L. Anderson, Reckoning in Ice, 1971
Origin of iceblink
The English noun iceblink is formed from West and North Germanic languages: Dutch and German (West Germanic) have isblink and Eisblink, respectively; Swedish and Danish (North Germanic) have isblink. Iceblink entered English in the 18th century.