Etymology
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neve (n.)

"field of granular snow, firn," 1843, from French névé (19c.), probably from Savoyard névi "mass of snow," from Latin nivem (nominative nix) "snow" (source of French neige), from PIE root *sneigwh- "snow, to snow" (see snow (n.)). Nivôse was the fourth month of the French revolutionary calendar, Dec. 21 to Jan. 19.

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Definitions of neve

neve (n.)
the upper part of a glacier (beyond the limit of perpetual snow) where the snow turns to ice;
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