“…and at last they came upon the plain and saw the spires of Otrar gleaming through the whirling snow-wrack.”
-Lord of Samarcand
Howard used this term sparsely but nevertheless, abnormally often. He used wrack to describe the stormy sea in Pool of the Black One where it shows up in a short verse.
1. variant spelling of rack.
2. any of a number of coarse brown seaweeds that grow on the shoreline, frequently each kind forming a distinct band in relation to high- and low-water marks
early 16th cent.: apparently from wrack 4.
3. variant spelling of rack.
late Middle English: variant of rack5.
a wrecked ship; a shipwreck.
late Middle English: from Middle Dutch wrak; related to wreak and wreck.