hoarfrost [hawr-frawst, -frost, hohr-] ExamplesWord Originnoun
Origin of hoarfrost First recorded in 1250–1300, hoarfrost is from the Middle English word hor-frost. See hoar, frost Related Words for hoarfrost ice, freeze, hoarfrost, hoar, iciness, frigidity, drop, rime, blight, dip, wintriness Examples from the Web for hoarfrost Historical Examples of hoarfrost
He fancied there would be hoarfrost on the trees in the morning.
Elia W. Peattie
All the grass and ground vegetation was white with hoarfrost.
He prayed for frost, and hoarfrost settled that night on its branches.
“It is bright as hoarfrost on the slopes and tops there,” said Nod, pointing.
Walter De La Mare
And he destroyed their vineyards with hail, and their mulberry trees with hoarfrost.
British Dictionary definitions for hoarfrost hoarfrost noun
- a deposit of needle-like ice crystals formed on the ground by direct condensation at temperatures below freezing pointAlso called: white frost
Word Origin and History for hoarfrost n.
hoarfrost in Science hoarfrost [hôr′frôst′]
- Frozen dew that forms a white coating on a surface.