Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A World of Winter Wonderland Words

There are some very poetic and unusual words for ‘winter’ which translates as 'wet season'.

Take, for example, ‘hibernaculum’, which means an animal’s winter home and derives from Latin ‘hibernare’, meaning ‘to winter’.

There is also the adjective ‘gelid’, meaning to feel cold, icy or chilly. 

‘Brumal’ is another adjective, and is defined as ‘characteristic of winter’. 

An old word for winter is ‘frore’, used by literary greats Milton and Keats, and archaically means ‘frozen’ or ‘frosty’. 

Finally, ‘algid’ can be used to describe low blood pressure, as well as Latin derivative meaning, simply, ‘cold’. 

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