hiemal

[hahy-uh-muh l]

adjective

of or relating to winter; wintry.

Nearby words

  1. hidy,
  2. hidy-hole,
  3. hie,
  4. hielamon,
  5. hieland,
  6. hier-,
  7. hieracosphinx,
  8. hierarch,
  9. hierarchal,
  10. hierarchic

Origin of hiemal

1550–60; < Latin hiemālis pertaining to winter, equivalent to hiem(s) winter (akin to Greek chiṓn snow, cheimṓn winter, Sanskrit hima cold, frost, snow) + -ālis -al1; see hibernal

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British Dictionary definitions for hiemal

hiemal

adjective

a less common word for hibernal

Word Origin for hiemal

C16: from Latin hiems winter; see hibernate

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Word Origin and History for hiemal

hiemal

adj.

"pertaining to winter," 1550s, from Latin hiems "winter" (see hibernation).

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