- interpolated; interposed.
- inserted or interpolated in the calendar, as an extra day or month.
- having such an inserted day, month, etc., as a particular year.
Origin of intercalary
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Examples from the Web for intercalary
But to quit this episode, and to return to my intercalary year of happiness.Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
Thomas De Quincey
The intercalary month was inserted between the 23rd and 24th of February.The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1
Marcus Tullius Cicero
It might be that an intercalary month should be added, and cause delay.The Life of Cicero
Now in leap-year the 29th day of February is the additional or intercalary day.Our Calendar
George Nichols Packer
Also, no dendrobatid has intercalary elements in the digits.
- (of a day, month, etc) inserted in the calendar
- (of a particular year) having one or more days inserted
- inserted, introduced, or interpolated
- botany growing between the upper branches and the lower branches or bracts on a stem
C17: from Latin intercalārius; see intercalate
Word Origin and History for intercalary
1610s, from Latin intercalarius, from intercalare (see intercalate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Occurring between two others, as an upstroke between two normal pulse beats in a pulse tracing.