polynya[pä lin′yə, päl′in yä′]
a usually oblong area of open water surrounded by sea ice
Origin of polynyaRussian polyn'ya ; from polyi, hollow ; from Old Church Slavonic an unverified form pol-no-, level area ; from Indo-European base an unverified form plā-, broad, flat from source plane, floor
An area of open water surrounded by sea ice.
Origin of polynyaRussian polyn'ya, from polyĭ, open, hollow; see pel&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (hydrology) A naturally-formed area of open water surrounded by sea ice.
From Russian полынья (polyn’já, “ice hole”), from полый (pólyj, “hollow”)