from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crevice between a glacier and the rocky wall of its valley.
It breaks itself loose from the thinner snows about it, too shallow to share its motion, and from the rock rim which surrounds it, forming a deep fissure called the bergschrund, sometimes a score and more feet wide.
It meant that in two days our descent had been considerable, since the great bergschrund farther south was well over three hundred feet in depth and no water had appeared in its depths.
Meantime Mrs. Knollys strained her eyes, peering downward from above, leaning on the rope about her waist, looking over the clear brink of the bergschrund.
'Bergschrund' is German in origin, coming from 'berg,' mountain, plus 'schrund,' cleft, crevice.