snowflake

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English[edit]

A snowflake (crystal of frozen water)
A snowflake (flower)
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Etymology[edit]

snow + flake[1]

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Noun[edit]

snowflake (plural snowflakes)

  1. A crystal of snow, having approximate hexagonal symmetry.[1]
  2. Any of several bulbous European plants, of the genus Leucojum, having white flowers.[1]
  3. The snow bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis.[1]

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Verb[edit]

snowflake (third-person singular simple present snowflakes, present participle snowflaking, simple past and past participle snowflaked)

  1. (computing, databases) To arrange (data) into a snowflake schema.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 snowflake” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]