hoarfrost

noun
hoar·​frost | \ ˈhȯr-ˌfrȯst How to pronounce hoarfrost (audio) \

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Examples of hoarfrost in a Sentence

the hoarfrost formed a delicate swirly pattern on the window
Recent Examples on the Web Nearby, hoarfrost shimmered on hemlock branches, a bear cub peered out from a hole in the snow, and a sudden, terrifying silence echoed in the ears of the man’s ski partners. Caroline Van Hemert, Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2021 The hoarfrost in the subzero temperatures lifted a clean, white layer into the air that sparkled in the low sun. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hoarfrost

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hoarfrost was in the 14th century

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“Hoarfrost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoarfrost. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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