(in the French Revolutionary calendar) the fourth month of the year, extending from December 21 to January 19.

1795–1805; < French < Latin nivōsus snowy, equivalent to niv- (stem of nix) snow + -ōsus -ose1 Unabridged
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Nivôse (nivoz)
the fourth month of the French revolutionary calendar, extending from Dec 22 to Jan 20
[C18: via French from Latin nivōsus snowy, from nix snow]

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