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The ice grue


Winter scene of grue at Verulam Lake, St Albans, Hertfordshire

The word grue has a number of meanings, now mainly dialectal. Last week, it was one of Robert Macfarlane‘s Words of the Day, using its wintry definition of “the mushy ice that forms & floats on the surface of rivers, ponds, pools & puddles when a slight thaw follows a period of cold weather (Scots)”.  The etymology of the word in this meaning is unknown.





Copyright Debbie Smyth, 6 February 2019

Posted as part of Tuesday Photo Challenge

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