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Ice-blink

(The). An indication of pack-ice or of a frozen surface by its reflection on the clouds. If the sky is dark or brown, the navigator may be sure that there is water; if it is white, rosy, or orange-coloured, he may be certain there is ice, for these tints are reflected from the sun's rays, or of light. The former is called a “water sky,” the latter an “ice sky.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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