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
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One installation, made from piles of rubble and scree beguiles the clientele but confounds the cleaners.
Imagine East Coast ice on top of Rocky Mountain scree fields.
Escaping the domehab meant venturing outside in a full space suit and contending with miles of crumbly, sharp volcanic scree.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: circa 1781See Words from the same year
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: an area of loose stones on the side of a mountain
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