Definition of snowflake
1 : a flake or crystal of snow
2 : any of a genus (Leucojum) of Old World bulbous plants of the amaryllis family; especially : one (L. vernum) resembling the snowdrop
Recent Examples of snowflake from the Web
Snow is an excellent insulator, trapping air between the snowflakes, while white reflects light and heat, so most of the heat generated inside an igloo stays there.
The summer scene includes snowflakes atop Santa lounging on the beach with a bottle of the ale, pawprints in the sand.
But don’t be surprised if the next time two snowflakes flutter from the sky, the entire city shuts down.
The popcorn is sweet, light and as icy as a snowflake.
Like the individual snowflakes that add up to the snowpack that gives the Colorado River its force, seemingly small shifts can feed a flood of change.
While this pattern could even include snowflakes in higher elevations of the northeast, the main impact around here might be below-normal temperatures dominating at least the first half of the month.
Rain and a few snowflakes in the Denver metro area are expected to stop falling around 9-10 a.m., which may be welcomed news by those gathering in Civic Center for Saturday morning’s march, said National Weather Service meteorologist Nezette Rydell.
A wave of sometimes-heavy precipitation today appeared in liquid instead of snowflake form due to the unseasonably warm temperatures that topped out at 55 in in the Twin Cities.
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First Known Use of snowflake
SNOWFLAKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of snowflake for English Language Learners
: a small, soft piece of frozen water that falls from the sky as snow : a flake of snow
SNOWFLAKE Defined for Kids
Definition of snowflake for Students
: a single snow crystal : a small mass of snow crystals
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