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[hahy-uh-muh l]
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  1. of or relating to winter; wintry.
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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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Related Words for hiemal

desolate, frozen, freezing, chilly, icy, frigid, bleak, frosty, wintry, crisp, snowy, brisk, raw, cool, bitter, intense, chilled, arctic, keen, cutting

British Dictionary definitions for hiemal


  1. a less common word for hibernal
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Word Origin for hiemal

C16: from Latin hiems winter; see hibernate
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Word Origin and History for hiemal


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

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