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(Earth Sciences / Geological Science) another name for névé 
[from German (Swiss dialect) firn of the previous year, from Old High German firni old]
n., pl. -vés.
1. granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
2. a field of such snow. Also called firn.
[1850–55; < Franco-Provençal]
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Stephen Firn, boss of the NHS Trust which treated Edgington, said it was "a matter of extreme regret" that she had left a mental health unit the day of the murder.
But chief executive of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Stephen Firn said that a report into her treatment found that the decision to let her live in the community in 2009 was sound.
At a depth of 8,000ft, the ice cores retrieved were not solid ice but a half-snow, half-ice substance called firn, which has the consistency of wet sugar.
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