ˈchālēˌ -lə
plural -s
: frozen ground
especially : permanently frozen ground
the depth to which tjaele formerly existed in central Montana Journal of Geology

Word History


Swedish; akin to Old Norse theli frozen ground, Old English thel board, plank, Latin tellus earth

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“Tjaele.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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