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

  • noun A body of glacial ice that extends out from a coastline and that floats, at least in part, rather than resting on the sea floor.

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  • noun A thick, floating platform of ice that forms where a glacier or ice sheet flows down to a coastline and onto the ocean surface. Ice shelves are found in Antarctica, Greenland, and Canada only.

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

  • noun ice that is attached to land but projects out to sea

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