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Origin of brume

1800–10; < French: fog < Provençal bruma < Latin brūma winter, orig. winter solstice, contraction of *brevima (diēs) shortest (day); see breve
Related formsbru·mous [broo-muh s] /ˈbru məs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. poetic heavy mist or fog
Derived Formsbrumous, adjective

Word Origin for brume

C19: from French: mist, winter, from Latin brūma, contracted from brevissima diēs the shortest day
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Word Origin and History for brume

"fog, mist," 1808, from French brume "fog" (14c.), in Old French, "wintertime," from Latin bruma "winter," perhaps with an original sense "season of the shortest day," from *brevima, contracted from brevissima, superlative of brevis "short" (see brief (adj.)).

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