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[broom] /brum/
mist; fog.
Origin of brume
1800-10; < French: fog < Provençal bruma < Latin brūma winter, orig. winter solstice, contraction of *brevima (diēs) shortest (day); see breve
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[broo-muh s] /ˈbru məs/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • You can hear wild fowl calling far up in the brumous smother which hides the lift.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • But nobody has blown away from the matter its brumous encompassment and let in the light upon it It is very simple.

  • The two men did not speak as the car rolled through the brumous night.

    The Unknown Quantity Henry van Dyke
  • We slept on two seats in the smoker, and got to Weehawken in the brumous chill of a winter dawn—still wearing our tie.

    Plum Pudding Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for brumous


(poetic) heavy mist or fog
Derived Forms
brumous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French: mist, winter, from Latin brūma, contracted from brevissima diēs the shortest day
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Word Origin and History for brumous



"fog, mist," 1808, from French brume "fog" (14c.), in Old French, "wintertime," from Latin bruma "winter," perhaps with an original sense "season of the shortest day," from *brevima, contracted from brevissima, superlative of brevis "short" (see brief (adj.)).

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