nieve penitente

noun nie·ve pen·i·ten·te \nēˈāvāˌpenəˈtentā, ˈnyāv-\

Definition of nieve penitente

plural

nieves penitentes

\-vās...tās\
  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of nieve penitente

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


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