snowflake

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English[edit]

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

From snow +‎ flake[1]. Compare Saterland Frisian Sneeflokke(snowflake).

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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]
  4. (slang, pejorative) Someone who believes they are as unique and special as a snowflake; someone hypersensitive to insult or offense, especially a young person with left-wing sensibilities.
    • 1996, Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club:
      You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same organic and decaying matter as everyone else.
    • 2016, Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 28 November:
      It’s particularly effective given that there’s really no comeback to it: in calling someone a snowflake, you are not just shutting down their opinion, but telling them off for being offended that you are doing so.
  5. (slang, usually derogative) A Caucasian person.

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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]