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glacier

  

      n   a slowly moving mass of ice originating from an accumulation of snow. It can either spread out from a central mass (continental glacier) or descend from a high valley (alpine glacier)  
     (C18: from French (Savoy dialect), from Old French glace ice, from Late Latin glacia, from Latin glacies ice)  


glacier cream  
      n     (Mountaineering)   a barrier cream, esp. against ultraviolet radiation, used when climbing above the snow line  
glacier milk  
      n   water flowing in a stream from the snout of a glacier and containing particles of rock  
glacier table  
      n   a rock sitting on a pillar of ice on top of a glacier, as a result of the ice immediately beneath the rock being protected from the heat of the sun and not melting  
hanging glacier  
      n   a glacier situated on a shelf above a valley or another glacier; it may be joined to the lower level by an icefall or separate from it  
Muir Glacier  
      n   a glacier in SE Alaska, in the St Elias Mountains, flowing southeast from Mount Fairweather. Area: about 900 sq. km (350 sq. miles)  
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