The Alternative English Dictionary: snowflake

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snowflake {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} Alternative forms: snow-flake“[http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50229479 snowflake]” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' [2<sup>nd</sup> Ed.; 1989] etymology From snow + flake. Compare Saterland Frisian Sneeflokke. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈsnəʊ.fleɪk/,
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A crystal of snow, having approximate hexagonal symmetry.
  2. Any of several bulbous European plant, of the genus {{taxlink}}, having white flowers.
  3. The snow bunting, {{taxlink}}.
  4. (slang, usually, sarcastic) A person who is unique and special (referring to the idea that no two snowflakes are identical in structure). Well, aren't you a special snowflake?
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing, databases) To arrange (data) into a snowflake schema.

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