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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Definitions for brumal

  1. wintry.

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Citations for brumal
" 'Tis a brumal Night, for behold, it sweepeth by," announces Squire Haligast from the shadows ... Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon, 1997
There came a howling brumal day that a half-frozen young Man rode through the flinging snow and into the bailey. Dennis L. McKiernan, Dragondoom, 1990
Origin of brumal
The English adjective brumal ultimately derives from the Latin adjective brūmālis (the noun diēs “day” is understood) “pertaining to the winter solstice; the winter solstice.” Brūmālis is a derivative of the noun brūma “the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice,” from earlier breuma and brevima, formed from the adjective brevis “short” and an archaic form of the more usual superlative ending -issima. Brumal entered English in the 16th century.