berg·​schrund | \ ˈberk-ˌshru̇nt \
plural -s

Definition of bergschrund

: a deep and often broad crevasse or series of such crevasses frequently occurring near the head of a mountain glacier

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History and Etymology for bergschrund

German, from berg mountain (from Old High German) + schrund crack, from Old High German scrunta; akin to Middle Dutch schronde crack, Old Frisian schran sharp, Norwegian skrunda wooden box, Old High German scrintan to crack open, Old Prussian skrundos shears

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“Bergschrund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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