snow·​flake | \ ˈsnō-ˌflāk \

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

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But contemplate the lovely snowflakes, banners, and whorls in his paintings, and the sinister patterns of chemical bonding bubble to the surface. David Colman, ELLE Decor, "Art Show: Fred Tomaselli," 1 Nov. 2010 Royal icing snowflake transfers: Print or draw a 1- to 2-in. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double White Chocolate Cake," 29 Nov. 2018 Storefronts were festooned in garland and lights, and the displays inside the bakery, which became Chris Kringle Kitchen, overflowed with sugar cookies in the shape of snowflakes and trees. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas in Evergreen' Movie Was Filmed in a Village You Can Visit," 18 Nov. 2018 Behind the cozy cabins is a hanging curtain of glistening wooden snowflakes. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Watch Magnolia Market Transform For The Holidays," 15 Nov. 2018 Four figures stand behind, smoking or quietly looking on, their shoulders hunched against a bitter wind that blows snowflakes past the camera lens. Rafael Francisco Salas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The Open Road' a photographic journey through America," 12 Feb. 2018 Sunshine State residents savored every snowflake during an unusual winter storm in Tallahassee, Florida. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "It finally snowed in Florida, and residents reacted with utter joy," 4 Jan. 2018 Neither proposal has a snowflake’s chance in hell of passage any time soon. David Roberts, Vox, "The 5 most important questions about carbon taxes, answered," 20 July 2018 One of our sons, a golfer, rejected any campus where even a single snowflake had ever fallen. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Why should college visits be forced marches with clipboards?," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of snowflake

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of snowflake

: a small, soft piece of frozen water that falls from the sky as snow : a flake of snow


snow·​flake | \ ˈsnō-ˌflāk \

Kids Definition of snowflake

: a single snow crystal : a small mass of snow crystals

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