nival

[nahy-vuh l]

adjective

of or growing in snow: nival flora.

Origin of nival

1650–60; < Latin nivālis of, belonging to snow, snowy, equivalent to niv- (stem of nix) snow + -ālis -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for nival

nival

adjective

of or growing in or under snow

Word Origin for nival

C17: from Latin nivālis, from nix snow
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