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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for besnow in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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From Middle English besnewen, from Old English besnīwian (to cover with snow), equivalent to be- +‎ snow. Cognate with Dutch besneeuwen (to snow, snow in), German beschneien (to cover with snow).



besnow (third-person singular simple present besnows, present participle besnowing, simple past and past participle besnowed)

  1. (transitive) To snow on; cover with snow, or as if with snow.
  2. (transitive) To scatter like snow.
  3. (transitive) To whiten.

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