• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Firn firn or fern snow on high glaciers while still granular—the French névé.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. firn, of last year; cf. obs. Eng. fern, former.


In literature:

We made 5 kinds, hayseed, sweet firn, cornsilk, mullin leeves, and grape vine.
"The Real Diary of a Real Boy" by Henry A. Shute
There are also two Species of firn which are common to this Countrey besides that before mentioned of which the nativs eate the roots.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

In news:

Sunlight coming through the wall she's facing shows the layers of snow and firn.

In science:

Ross Ice Shelf firn temperature, Antarctica.
A prototype station for ARIANNA: a detector for cosmic neutrinos