snowflake

noun
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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Experts say just a few milligrams of the odorless liquid – imagine the weight of a snowflake – is enough to kill a person within minutes. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "UK police officer seeks medical treatment in connection with nerve agent attack, hospital says," 7 July 2018 Experts say just a few milligrams of the odorless Novichok liquid — the weight of a snowflake — is enough to kill a person within minutes. Matt Dunham And Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "British police race to find source of new nerve agent poisoning," 6 July 2018 Experts say just a few milligrams of the odorless Novichok liquid — the weight of a snowflake — is enough to kill a person within minutes. Washington Post, "UK police race to find source of new nerve agent poisoning," 6 July 2018 With the snow falling last night, this dog had a fun job: catching snowflakes. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When not catching criminals, New Berlin's K9 Condor catching snowflakes," 6 Feb. 2018 This is not the first time researchers have studied snowflakes. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Watch This 3D Snowflake Model Melt Over and Over Again," 25 Apr. 2018 In metro Detroit, snowflakes will disappear as temperatures warm up to a high of 55 degrees today with winds gusting to 30 m.p.h. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Weather: 70 degrees, then ice storm looming for metro Detroit," 11 Apr. 2018 Certain models, like the one that is probably feeding you the weather on your iPhone, are throwing up snowflakes in our future, specifically Saturday and Sunday. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "Could it really snow in Portland this weekend?," 19 Mar. 2018 Capturing snowflakes isn't as easy as sticking out your tongue. Michael Hill, The Christian Science Monitor, "Studying snowflakes could provide clues to atmospheric conditions," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of snowflake

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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snowflake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snowflake

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

snowflake

noun
snow·flake | \ˈsnō-ˌflāk \

Kids Definition of snowflake

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

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