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gelid

[jel-id] /ˈdʒɛl ɪd/
adjective
1.
very cold; icy.
Origin of gelid
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin gelidus icy cold, equivalent to gel(um) frost, cold + -idus -id4
Related forms
gelidity
[juh-lid-i-tee] /dʒəˈlɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
gelidness, noun
gelidly, adverb
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  • gelid said nothing, but he was in the end the best surgeon's mate amongst them.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • gelid said nothing, but when it came to the pinch was the most useful of all.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • And the gelid air sweeping 108 down from the high places submerged him as if with a flood of icy water.

    The Forester's Daughter Hamlin Garland
  • I went down into the cabin and sat down to breakfast with gelid and Wagtail.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • gelid, who during all the tumult had slept soundly, was now awake.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • The thin screaming came again, like a hot wire drawn down the gelid morning.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • Wagtail and gelid had followed me on deck, and were now busy with their black servants inspecting the muskets.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • Wagtail, too, was soon 98 obliged to beat a retreat, but gelid remained firm as a rock.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • She seemed to be unable to tear herself away from the sight of the austere Aniene, with its gelid waters.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • Under a grey sky, glooming to purple, the gelid water writhed nakedly.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for gelid

gelid

/ˈdʒɛlɪd/
adjective
1.
very cold, icy, or frosty
Derived Forms
gelidity, gelidness, noun
gelidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin gelidus icy cold, from gelu frost
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Word Origin and History for gelid
adj.

c.1600, from Latin gelidus "icy cold," from gelum "frost, intense cold" (see cold (adj.)).

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