from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very thin layer of ice from under which the water has receded.
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I tried a short cut, but the frozen crust of the mudbanks deceived me, and I crashed through the cat-ice
It's nearer to Cronstadt than to the half-way hut, but they could cut us off on our way to Cronstadt, and, besides, there is all that horrible cat-ice near the harbour.
And at the moat's far edge, their feet fast in the cat-ice, were reeds and sedge – brown and yellow and dried, that rustled and whispered as a wild duck flew out of them.
"It's a drawbridge," said Edred, in tones of awe; "and there's a moat, look – and it's covered with cat-ice at the edges."