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Snowdrops in winter
Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) in Chute, Wiltshire, in England


From snow +‎ drop.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsnəʊ.drɒp/
  • (US) enPR: snōʹdräp, IPA(key): /ˈsnoʊ.drɑp/
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  • Hyphenation: snow‧drop


snowdrop ‎(plural snowdrops)

  1. Any of the 20 species of the genus Galanthus of the Amaryllidaceae, bulbous flowering plants, bearing a solitary, pendulous, white, bell-shaped flower that appears, depending on species, between autumn and late winter or early spring, all native to temperate Eurasia.

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snowdrop ‎(third-person singular simple present snowdrops, present participle snowdropping, simple past and past participle snowdropped)

  1. (Australia, slang, transitive, intransitive) To steal clothing (especially women's underwear) from a clothesline.
    • 1989, Southerly: The Magazine of the Australian English Association, Sydney:
      MS: There was a lot of snowdropping in those days? SL: Oh, I've never actually stooped to snowdropping; I used to go into shops. Boosting, man, boosting. But you learn how to survive.
    • 1992, Peter O'Toole, Loitering With Intent: The Early Years:
      'Snowdropping' is the business of some poor sods who, often from laundry drying on a clothes line, pinch items of ladies' underwear, take them away and sniff them.
    • 2011, Tony Hardy, Fifteen Percent Pregnant: A Story of Life, and Love, and IVF:
      It'll be like snowdropping clothes from a clothesline. We'll snowdrop a baby.

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