\ 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

Examples of scree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trails around our city are pretty modest but full of scree at the steeper points, and regular running shoes just won't cut it. Braelyn Wood,, 16 Feb. 2022 Large boulders and rock scree slowed his pace — terrible terrain for someone with limited strength in his arms and legs. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 Vanpelt has not yet been found because of the dangerous terrain consisting of snow, cliffs, large boulders, crevices and rock scree, which calls for technical mountaineers, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 Since July 5, rescuers said search teams have combed the rugged mountains that rise above 12,000 feet, navigating treacherous terrain filled with rock fields, car-sized boulders, scree fields and snowfields. Fox News, 11 July 2021 Many of Myanmar’s jade mines are also exploitative death traps, where workers scrambling over scree are at constant risk of burial by landslide. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 18 May 2021 All around us humans and horses picked their way across scree fields and catwalks, up to the high country. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, 6 Dec. 2020 Rescue personnel climbed up about 1,000 feet of scree to reach the individual, according to Grand County EMS Director Andy Smith. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Dec. 2020 The Pirellis were reasonably quiet and gripped winding pavement, wet clay, and loose scree with aplomb. Popular Mechanics, 6 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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“Scree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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