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1853, in the meaning defined above
German, from Old High German firni old; akin to Old English faran
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firm red heart
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“Firn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firns. Accessed 12 December 2019.
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