Hoarfrost and Etymology



    Hoarfrost is probably the most beautiful feature of winter. As it sparkles in the sun, it seems to have sprinkled the tree branches with diamonds. Yet, for such a pretty phenomenon, hoarfrost has sort of a weird name.    Hoarfrost.    Not very pretty sounding.  So, I looked up the word in the dictionary and found that the word ‘hoar’ has a pretty interesting origin. It comes from the Old English ‘har’ meaning ‘old’ and ‘aged’. Cool!  Hoarfrost is named for the way it makes the trees grow old and white!


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