nivation

noun
ni·​va·​tion | \ nīˈvāshən \
plural -s

Definition of nivation

: erosion of rock or soil caused by the alternate thawing and freezing of meltwater beneath and at the margins of snowbanks

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History and Etymology for nivation

Latin niv-, nix snow + English -ation

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“Nivation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nivation. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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