Meaning of nilas in English:

nilas

Pronunciation /ˈniːlas/

noun

  • A type of ice which forms on a calm sea as a flexible dull grey crust up to 10 cm thick.

Origin

1960s. From Russian regional (northern, Archangel, and White Sea) nilas, probably from Finnic root nila, lit. ‘slippery slime’ or nilo- to come loose easily (originally of bark at sap-time).