crystosphene

noun

crys·​to·​sphene
ˈkristəˌsfēn
plural -s
: a buried sheet of ice under the tundra of northern America formed by the freezing of spring water which rises from the rock beneath alluvial deposits or under swamps and spreads laterally at the zone of freezing

Word History

Etymology

cryst- (irregular from Greek krystallos ice) + -o- + Greek sphēn wedge

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“Crystosphene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crystosphene. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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