snowfield

noun
snow·​field | \ ˈsnō-ˌfēld How to pronounce snowfield (audio) \

Definition of snowfield

: a broad level expanse of snow especially : a mass of perennial snow at the head of a glacier

Examples of snowfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bright red photosynthetic algae -- which can thrive in very low temperatures -- are located in snowfields around the world. Fox News, "Weird 'watermelon snow' pics show Antarctic turning red," 26 Feb. 2020 The species is the most common type of snow algae found in snowfields and mountains across the world, reports Jennifer Frazer at Scientific American. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "This ‘Blood-Red’ Snow Is Taking Over Parts of Antarctica," 1 Mar. 2020 The stoneflies live in high-elevation, cold-water streams fed by glaciers and perennial snowfields in and around Glacier National Park in Montana, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and Native American tribal lands in western Montana. USA TODAY, "Art against incarceration, glacial melt that could hurt a fly: News from around our 50 states," 22 Nov. 2019 The stoneflies live in high-elevation, cold-water streams fed by glaciers and perennial snowfields in and around Glacier National Park in Montana and Native American tribal lands in western Montana. Washington Post, "2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt," 21 Nov. 2019 Just before 11am, a gust of wind dispersed the fog and the snowfields on the summit appeared. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 The snowfield extended for miles before us through forest. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Tracking a bear through the snow on Christmas week," 25 Dec. 2019 The snowfield was strewn with aircraft debris: port-holes, sections of fuselage, tubing, suitcases, pieces of silk, a wheel, a jet engine. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 Most glaciers and snowfields in one of the species’ main locations, Glacier National Park, are expected to disappear by 2030. USA TODAY, "Art against incarceration, glacial melt that could hurt a fly: News from around our 50 states," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of snowfield

1830, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2020

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“Snowfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowfield. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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snowfield

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English Language Learners Definition of snowfield

: a large flat area of fallen snow

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