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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ice floe.
  • n. A segment that has separated from such an ice mass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A low, flat mass of floating ice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A low, flat mass of floating ice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ice formed by the freezing of the surface-water of the polar oceans, and subsequently broken up by the action of the winds and the waves into tabular masses of greater or less size; also, a piece of such ice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at sea

Etymologies

Probably from Norwegian flo, layer, from Old Norse flō; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Norwegian flo ("layer, slab"). (Wiktionary)

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