Definition of pogonip
: a dense winter fog containing frozen particles that is formed in deep mountain valleys of the western U.S.
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Readers of The Old Farmer's Almanac might recognize the odd-sounding warning, "Beware the pogonip!" So what's a pogonip? In the mountains of the western United States, the fog condenses into tiny, biting ice particles in extremely cold weather. The English-speaking settlers who encountered this unpleasant and sometimes scary phenomenon when they went out West in the 1800s needed a word for it. They borrowed "payinappih" ("cloud") from Shoshone, altering it to "pogonip."
Origin and Etymology of pogonip
Shoshone paγ i̵napp i̵h cloud
First Known Use: 1865
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