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[klahym] /klaɪm/
1535-45; < Latin clīma; see climate
Can be confused
climb, clime (see synonym study at climb) Unabridged
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  • So far, he hasn't unearthed any dinosaurs that appear to have lived only in frosty climes.
  • The biggest critics are usually the people who grew up in snowy climes.
  • In humid climes you have the possibility of mold if there isn't some dehumidification.
  • Yet it's in cooler climes that this plant's beloved product, chocolate, has a voracious following.
  • Some animals migrate to warmer climes for the winter and others burrow deep underground to sleep until spring.
  • Instead, they migrate to warmer climes, only to return in the spring.
  • Reserve early for these popular ice hotels that provide heart-warming comforts in frigid climes.
  • They spend the winter in more sheltered climes and survive by feeding on lichens.
  • Reserve early for these popular ice hotels that provide heartwarming comforts in frigid climes.
  • But while sharing a global distribution, the pygmies prefer warmer climes of tropical and subtropical waters.
British Dictionary definitions for climes


(poetic) a region or its climate
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin clima; see climate
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Word Origin and History for climes



1540s, shortening of climate (or a nativization of Latin clima). It might usefully take up the old, abandoned "horizontal region of the earth" sense of climate, but it is used chiefly by the poets and with no evident agreement on just what they mean by it.

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