- The upper part of a glacier where the snow turns into ice.
- a. A snow field at the head of a glacier.b. The granular snow typically found in such a field.
Origin of neveFrench, from French dialectal névi, from Vulgar Latin *nivatum, from neuter of Latin nivatus, cooled by snow, from nix, niv-, snow; see sneigwh- in Indo-European roots.