\ ˈskrē How to pronounce scree (audio) \

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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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 But without an established path, those intrepid enough to try would often get lost or return in tatters, having battled with scree and brush for miles. Kathryn Miles,, "Yankee grit and the building of the Appalachian Trail," 13 June 2018 The scree would provide excellent, sharp drainage, but in their wild native conditions, frequent natural moisture and high humidity provide needed water. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Heuchera is easy to grow and adds color to gardens | Idaho Statesman," 11 Apr. 2018 Imagine East Coast ice on top of Rocky Mountain scree fields. Jason Blevins, The Denver Post, "Aspen’s John Gaston pushing America’s ski mountaineering team with top performance at World Championships," 23 Mar. 2017 One installation, made from piles of rubble and scree beguiles the clientele but confounds the cleaners. Thomas Page, CNN, "Cannes 2017: 'The Square' skewers the dark side of the art world," 24 May 2017 Escaping the domehab meant venturing outside in a full space suit and contending with miles of crumbly, sharp volcanic scree. National Geographic, "Here’s What It Feels Like to Spend a Year on ‘Mars’," 29 Aug. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of scree

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

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