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Definition of scree

: an accumulation of loose stones or rocky debris lying on a slope or at the base of a hill or cliff : talus

Examples of scree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Where mighty glaciers once spilled into Swiss valleys like frozen rivers of ice, a residue of gray scree and boulders remains, spliced through with raging streams. NBC News, "Dramatic Swiss glacier retreat captured in old photos," 25 Nov. 2019 Down in the belly of the crater, men held the ends of giant black hoses between their legs and moved the nozzles back and forth, directing torrents of water into loose mounds of scree. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 The fast-melting snow has left portions of hard bedrock dispersed within the soft scree. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon is always arduous, but smoke, dust and heat could add to this year’s challenge," 2 July 2019 Paul Knauth scrambled up a steep, rocky canyon in the Black Mountains of Death Valley National Park, sporting gloves and a walking stick to help navigate the sharp scree. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Early Life in Death Valley," 24 Apr. 2014 But in reality, snakebites occur most frequently when people (and dogs) surprise rattlers while hiking, running or scrambling over rock scree. Tom Stienstra,, "Rattlesnake season is here. Be prepared.," 28 June 2019 Done well, a rock garden evokes a high country scree. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This unusual garden style could be a sustainable solution for urban landscapes," 5 June 2019 Meyer recorded pear trees on sterile mountain slopes, on the edge of a pond in wet soil, on screes, in bamboo stands and even in running water. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 From Bomber Hut, a hiker can head up Penny Royal Glacier, a hanging alpine glacier, and up a scree slope to the 5,715-foot Backdoor Gap between prominent spires of the Talkeetna Mountains. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "Proposed cabin in Hatcher Pass backcountry would boost hiking options," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of scree

circa 1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scree

Scots & northern English dialect, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skritha landslide, from skrītha to creep; akin to Old High German scrītan to go, Lithuanian skriesti to turn

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The first known use of scree was circa 1781

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9 Dec 2019

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“Scree.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of scree

: an area of loose stones on the side of a mountain

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