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also sé·rac  (sə-răk′, sā-)
A large pointed mass of ice in a glacier isolated by intersecting crevasses.

[French sérac, strong cheese made from whey, serac (from the resemblance of glaciers with many seracs to unpressed cheese curds ), alteration of French dialectal (Savoy and Switzerland) seraz, sérē, from Vulgar Latin *serāceum, whey cheese, from Latin serum, whey.]


(Physical Geography) a pinnacle of ice among crevasses on a glacier, usually on a steep slope
[C19: from Swiss French: a variety of white cheese (hence the ice that it resembles) from Medieval Latin serācium, from Latin serum whey]
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They had descended 50 meters when a serac fell and hit all the trapped climbers along with Big Pasang and Jumich.
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As the fastest climbers descended in darkness across The Bottleneck, about 1,148ft below the summit, a huge serac, or column of ice, fell.
A chunk of ice broke off from a serac - a pillar of ice - and tore away fixed lines from a steep gully known as the Bottleneck.
On a broader scale, the selection of this corpus was intended to determine whether these disciplines were suitable for the compilation of the humanities component of SERAC (the Spanish-English Research Article Corpus), a corpus specifically designed for contrastive analyses of stance markers in academic prose.
An Alnwick District Council meeting was interrupted by a member of the public who told Coun John Taylor objectors had not been given the chance to air their views to Serac Solutions Ltd's proposal to transform land at Snipe House Farm, Alnwick, into a site for caravans, motor homes and tents.
Serac: from the Swiss French word serac, a crumbly pale cheese; it is a large chunk of ice (sometimes as large as a small office building) that forms when glacial crevasses intersect, or at the edge of very steep or hanging glaciers.
The Newcastle-born father of three is an outdoors enthusiast who now runs Serac Outdoor Sports holidays from the family home in East Boldon, South Tyneside.
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