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Word of the Day 01/24/15 Névé

Névé (noun)
névé [ney-vey]


noun
1. granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
2. a field of such snow.

Also called firn, old snow.

Origin: 1850-55; < Franco-Provençal < Vulgar Latin *nivātum, noun use of neuter of Latin nivātus snow-cooled, equivalent to niv- (stem of nix snow ) + -ātus -ate

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