ice island

ice island
noun
: a mass of floating ice resembling an island; specifically : one discharged from arctic shelf ice that may extend several hundred square miles in area and several hundred feet in depth and floats with a subsurface current around the north pole — compare barrier berg

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a tabular iceberg in the arctic region.
[1770-80]

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ice island,
any one of a group of very large, irregular bodies of ice floating in the Arctic Ocean, sometimes up to 200 square miles in area and 200 feet in thickness, that have broken off from shelf ice during seasons of relatively warm weather.

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