ice flowers[′īs ‚flau̇·ərz]
Formations of ice crystals on the surface of a quiet, slowly freezing body of water.
Delicate tufts of hoarfrost that occasionally form in great abundance on an ice or snow surface. Also known as frost flowers.
Frost crystals resembling a flower, formed on salt nuclei on the surface of sea ice as a result of rapid freezing of sea water. Also known as salt flowers.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.