firn

noun
\ ˈfirn How to pronounce firn (audio) \

Definition of firn

: névé

Examples of firn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More snow compacts the firn and it is gradually turned into glacial ice. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 But some research has suggested that the firn can fill up too quickly during years with high melt rates. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 2 Aug. 2019 The firn layer in the ice sheet, the boundary between snow and ice, is heating up and becoming denser. Umair Irfan, Vox, 8 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of firn

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for firn

German, from Old High German firni old; akin to Old English faran

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Last Updated

5 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Firn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firn. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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