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Origin of clime

1535–45; < Latin clīma; see climate
Can be confusedclimb clime (see synonym study at climb) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for clime


  1. poetic a region or its climate

Word Origin for clime

C16: from Late Latin clima; see climate
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Word Origin and History for clime

1540s, shortening of climate (or a nativization of Latin clima). It might usefully take up the old, abandoned "horizontal region of the earth" sense of climate, but it is used chiefly by the poets and with no evident agreement on just what they mean by it.

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