floe








noun

  1. Also called ice floe. a sheet of floating ice, chiefly on the surface of the sea, smaller than an ice field.
  2. a detached floating portion of such a sheet.

noun

  1. See ice floe
n.

1817, first used by Arctic explorers, probably from Norwegian flo “layer, slab,” from Old Norse flo, related to first element in flagstone (q.v.). Earlier explorers used flake.

  1. A mass or sheet of floating ice.

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