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  1. causing or producing cold.

Origin of frigorific

1660–70; < Latin frīgorificus cooling, equivalent to frīgor- (stem of frīgus) cold + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic
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Historical Examples

  • This vaporization of liquids is a frigorific or cooling process, and when most rapid the frigorific effect reaches its maximum.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, February 1899


British Dictionary definitions for frigorific


  1. obsolete causing cold or freezing

Word Origin

C17: from French frigorifique, from Latin frīgorificus, from frīgus cold, coldness + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for frigorific


"causing cold," 1660s, from French frigorifique, from Late Latin frigorificus "cooling," from Latin frigus (genitive frigoris) "cold, cool, coolness" (see frigid) + -ficus "making," root of facere "make, do" (see factitious).

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