[hahy-uh-muh l]


of or relating to winter; wintry.

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



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

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

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