Word of the DaySunday, December 25, 2011
\HAHY-uh-muhl\ , adjective;
Of or pertaining to winter; wintry.
Since snow and frost lasted from October well into April, no wonder the mean of my school memories is definitely hiemal.
-- Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory
We took hours to make camp and hours to break camp, and in between tottered like children across the immensity of that bleak and hiemal playground.
-- Beryl Bainbridge, The Birthday Boys
Hiemal is derived from the Sanskrit word hima meaning “cold, frost, snow.”
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