from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The upper part of a glacier where the snow turns into ice.
- n. A snow field at the head of a glacier.
- n. The granular snow typically found in such a field.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The firn or snowfield at the head of a glacier.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The upper part of a glacier, above the limit of perpetual snow. See glacier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nephew.
- n. A spendthrift.
- n. A Middle English form of neaf.
- n. See næve.
- n. Same as firn. Also glacier-snow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the upper part of a glacier (beyond the limit of perpetual snow) where the snow turns to ice
French, from French dialectal névi, from Vulgar Latin *nivātum, from neuter of Latin nivātus, cooled by snow, from nix, niv-, snow; see sneigwh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Swiss French term névi, from Latin nix, nivis ("snow"). (Wiktionary)