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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Definitions for gelid

  1. 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. Letta Tayler, Newsday
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. Christopher Redman Paris, Time
Origin of gelid
1600-1610
Gelid comes from Latin gelidus, from gelu, "frost, cold."