stoss (stŏs, stôs, shtōs)
Facing the direction from which a glacier moves. Used of a rock or slope in its path.
[From German Stoss-, push, blow (as in Stossseite, stoss side), from stossen, to push, from Middle High German stōzen, from Old High German stōzan.]
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