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humid

[hyoo-mid or, often, yoo-]
adjective
  1. containing a high amount of water or water vapor; noticeably moist: humid air; a humid climate.
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Origin of humid

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin (h)ūmidus, equivalent to (h)ūm(ēre) to be moist + -idus -id4
Related formshu·mid·ly, adverbhu·mid·ness, nounsub·hu·mid, adjectiveun·hu·mid, adjective

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See damp.
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Examples from the Web for sub-humid

Historical Examples

  • The frogs living on the Pacific lowlands became adapted to sub-humid conditions and developed into S. baudini.

    Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca

    William E. Duellman

  • It adapted to the sub-humid environment by living along streams and evolving stream-adapted tadpoles.

  • Only blinded enthusiasts believed that the climate of the sub-humid plains was changing.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson


British Dictionary definitions for sub-humid

humid

adjective
  1. moist; dampa humid day
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Derived Formshumidly, adverbhumidness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin ūmidus, from ūmēre to be wet; see humectant, humour
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Word Origin and History for sub-humid

humid

adj.

early 15c., from Old French humide or directly from Latin humidus "moist, wet," variant (probably by influence of humus "earth") of umidus, from umere "be moist," from PIE *wegw- "wet."

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