- the area above or at the head of a glacier that accumulates firn
Origin of névéFrench (Swiss dialect, dialectal ), glacier, ultimately from Classical Latin nix (gen. nivis), snow
- 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 nivātum from neuter of Latin nivātus cooled by snow from nix niv- snow ; see sneigwh- in Indo-European roots.