hibernal

[hahy-bur-nl]

adjective

of or relating to winter; wintry.

Origin of hibernal

1620–30; < Latin hībernālis, equivalent to hībern(us) wintry + -ālis -al1; akin to hiems winter (see hiemal)
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hibernal

adjective

of or occurring in winter

Word Origin for hibernal

C17: from Latin hībernālis, from hiems winter
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Word Origin and History for hibernal
adj.

1620s, from Latin hibernalis "wintry," from hibernus "of winter," from hiems "winter" (see hibernation).

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