fra·​zil | \ ˈfrazəl, frəˈzil \
variants: or frazil ice
plural -s

Definition of frazil

: ice crystals or granules sometimes resembling slush that are formed in turbulent water

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History and Etymology for frazil

Canadian French frasil, frazil, fraisil, from French fraisil coal cinders, alteration of Old French faisil, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin facilis, from Latin fac-, fax torch + -ilis -ile

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“Frazil.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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