Found 2 items, similar to snow line.
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Definition: snow line
n : the line on a mountain above which there is perpetual snow
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Definition: Snow line
, n. [OE. snow, snaw, AS. sn[=a]w; akin to D. sneeuw,
OS. & OHG. sn[=e]o, G. schnee, Icel. sn[ae]r, snj[=o]r,
snaj[=a]r, Sw. sn["o], Dan. snee, Goth. snaiws, Lith.
sn["e]gas, Russ. snieg', Ir. & Gael. sneachd, W. nyf, L. nix,
nivis, Gr. acc. ni`fa, also AS. sn[=i]wan to snow, G.
schneien, OHG. sn[=i]wan, Lith. snigti, L. ningit it snows,
Gr. ni`fei, Zend snizh to snow; cf. Skr. snih to be wet or
1. Watery particles congealed into white or transparent
crystals or flakes in the air, and falling to the earth,
exhibiting a great variety of very beautiful and perfect
Note: Snow is often used to form compounds, most of which are
of obvious meaning; as, snow-capped, snow-clad,
snow-cold, snow-crowned, snow-crust, snow-fed,
snow-haired, snowlike, snow-mantled, snow-nodding,
snow-wrought, and the like.
2. Fig.: Something white like snow, as the white color
(argent) in heraldry; something which falls in, or as in,
The field of snow with eagle of black therein.
. See under Red
. (Zo["o]l.) See Snowbird
(Zo["o]l.), the snow pheasant.
(Zo["o]l.), a small black leaping poduran
) often found in winter on the snow
in vast numbers.
, a flood from melted snow.
(Bot.), the fringe tree.
, or Snow insect
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several
species of neuropterous insects of the genus Boreus
male has rudimentary wings; the female is wingless. These
insects sometimes appear creeping and leaping on the snow
in great numbers.
(Zo["o]l.), any wingless dipterous insect of the
found running on snow in winter.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of arctic
geese of the genus Chen
. The common snow goose (Chen hyperborea
), common in the Western United States in
winter, is white, with the tips of the wings black and
legs and bill red. Called also white brant
. The blue, or blue-winged, snow goose (Chen c[oe]rulescens
) is varied with grayish brown and bluish
gray, with the wing quills black and the head and upper
part of the neck white. Called also white head
, and bald brant
(Zool.), the ounce.
, lowest limit of perpetual snow. In the Alps this
is at an altitude of 9,000 feet, in the Andes, at the
equator, 16,000 feet.
(Zo["o]l.), a European vole (Arvicola nivalis
which inhabits the Alps and other high mountains.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
large, handsome gallinaceous birds of the genus
, native of the lofty mountains of Asia. The
Himalayn snow pheasant (T. Himalayensis
) in the
best-known species. Called also snow cock
, and snow chukor
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Partridge
(Zo["o]l.), a pigeon (Columba leuconota
native of the Himalaya mountains. Its back, neck, and rump
are white, the top of the head and the ear coverts are
(Bot.), a fleshy parasitic herb (Sarcodes sanguinea
) growing in the coniferous forests of
California. It is all of a bright red color, and is fabled
to grow from the snow, through which it sometimes shoots