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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A low, flat mass of floating ice.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a seal (Phoca fœtida).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A low, flat mass of floating ice.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Probably from Norwegian flo, layer, from Old Norse flō; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

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Probably from Norwegian flo ("layer, slab").

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