from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a mixture (of salt and snow or of chemical salts) for producing intense cold.
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- n. a mixture of substances (usually salt and ice) to obtain a temperature below the freezing point of water
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Ishmael had been mystified by their pleasure in the meteorological conditions, since Seattle weather had subsequently returned to its normal pattern and the streets were now calf-deep in a freezing mixture of ice, half-rotted snow, and rainwater.