nieve penitente

noun
nie·​ve pen·​i·​ten·​te | \ nēˈāvāˌpenəˈtentā, ˈnyāv- \
plural nieves penitentes\ -​vās … tās \

Definition of nieve penitente

: a jagged sometimes curved pinnacle of ice or névé produced by uneven melting of a snowbank or of the surface of a glacier also : an assemblage of such pinnacles — compare serac

History and Etymology for nieve penitente

Spanish, literally, penitent snow; from the illusion of kneeling human figures

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“Nieve penitente.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nieve%20penitente. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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