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Sunday, November 23, 2014


\frig-uh-RIF-ik\ , adjective;
causing or producing cold.
When the fog reached the spot where the observer stood, it was found to be devoid of smell, but its influence was decidedly frigorific.
-- R. Angus Smith, "A Curious Fog," Popular Science Monthly, August, 1875
It may, indeed, happen that knowledge and virtue remain too long congealed by this frigorific power, as the principles of vegetation are sometimes obstructed by lingering frosts.
-- Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, September 24, 1751
Frigorific is derived from the Latin word frīgus meaning "cold" with the last element -fic coming from the verb facere, "make, do." It entered English in the mid-1600s.
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