ice cap

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See also: icecap and ice-cap


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ice cap (plural ice caps)

  1. A permanent expanse of ice encompassing a large geographical area, e.g. in Earth's polar zones or at high elevation.
    The ocean beneath the arctic ice cap hosts many unique organisms adapted to the cold and shortage of light.
    The ice cap of Kilimanjaro is shrinking, and some researchers believe it will disappear within the next one hundred years.
  2. (medicine, historical) An ice pack designed to be worn on the head.
    • 1903, Canadian Journal of Medicine and Surgery (volume 14, page lii)
      After the use of ice caps for some days it is well to provide cool bathing for the head, at least three times daily.
  3. (food) Alternative spelling of iced capp