From Canadian French frasil, frazil, fraisil, from French fraisil (“coal cinders”), from Old French faisil.
Variant of frazil (ice)
tiny, round or pointed ice crystals formed in supercooled waters and prevented from coagulating by turbulence
Origin of frazil (ice)Canadian French frasil ; from French fraisil, charcoal cinders, altered (prob. after fraiser, to ruffle) ; from Old French faisil ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form facīlis ; from Classical Latin fax (gen. facis), a torch ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝhwok-, to gleam, glow