- The definition of a glacier is a huge mass of ice and snow that forms where snow gathers faster than it melts and flows along with water over an area of land.
An example of a glacier is the Perito Moreno in Patagonia.
A large glacier.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Fr (orig., Savoy dialect, dialectal from source also German gletscher) from Vulgar Latin an unverified form glaciarium from glacia, for Classical Latin glacies, ice: see glacial
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Origin: French, from Old French, cold place, from glace, ice, from Vulgar Latin *glacia, from Latin glaciēs; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
- glaˈciered adjective
glacier - Cultural Definition
A large mass of ice formed over many years that does not melt during the summer. Glaciers move slowly over an area of land such as a mountain valley.
glacier - Science Definition
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