red snow


Definition of red snow

: snow colored by various airborne dusts or by a growth of algae (as of the genus Chlamydomonas) that contain red pigment and live in the upper layer of snow also : an alga causing red snow

Examples of red snow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The algae responsible for causing red snow belongs to the genus Sanguina, which was found at elevations 6,560 feet above sea level. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 June 2021 What my reader really wanted to know was if this red snow is toxic. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Nov. 2020 On the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe, a summer’s hike will lead you to discover beautiful Mariposa lilies, yellow plantain buttercup, fields of lupines, brilliantly red snow plant, white phlox, orange paintbrush, and more pussypaws. Matt Ritter, Sunset Magazine, 6 Mar. 2020 Cerveny said that Charles Darwin once encountered red snow in the Andes, while pink snow was reported in the U.S., in Alma, Colo., in 1895. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2018 At the Jumunjin Fish Market, the largest fish market on South Korea’s east coast, vendors sell red snow crab, octopus, mackerel, sole, flounder and a whole medley of sashimi. Soon Kang, charlotteobserver, 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of red snow

1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Red snow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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