Thursday, March 03, 2005
Definitions for gelid
- Extremely cold; icy.
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Citations for gelid
The weather is gelid on a recent Thursday night--so uninviting that it's hard to imagine anyone venturing out.
Last January a major crisis arose when the Argentine naval supply ship Bahia Paraiso foundered near an island off the Antarctic Peninsula, creating a diesel-oil spill that inflicted untold damage on the ecosystems clinging to the edges of the icy continent or swimming in its gelid seas.
Origin of gelid
Gelid comes from Latin gelidus, from gelu, "frost, cold."