a type of glacial crevasse that separates the moving ice and snow from the snowfield at the top of a mountain valley
Origin of bergschrundGerman from berg, mountain (see barrow) + schrund, crevice
The highest crevasse on an alpine glacier, formed where the mass of moving ice pulls away from stagnant ice on a headwall.
Origin of bergschrundGerman Bergschrund Berg mountain ( from Middle High German berc ) ( from Old High German berg ; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.)Austrian, Bavarian, and Swiss German Schrund rock crevasse, bergschrund from variant of German Schrunde crack, fissure ( from Middle High German schrunde ) ( from Old High German scrunta ) ( from scrintan to crack, tear, rip open, of unknown origin )
- Alternative form of bergshrund.