Posted by: episystechpubs | February 25, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Eight Wintry Words

Good morning (or good afternoon depending on the region where you live and work).

And speaking of different regions, some parts of our big, beautiful nation are experiencing some dang cold weather recently! So today, I thought I’d share eight words that all relate to winter and cold climates. I found this group of words at dictionary.com slideshows. Click the link to read more about the words and hear the pronunciations.

· Hibernaculum (noun): winter quarters [dbb – Note the similarity of this word to
hibernation. They share the same root and both relate to the winter]
The bear retreats to her hibernaculum during the cold winter months.

· Gelid (adjective): Very cold, icy, or frosty

It’s not just cold in Minneapolis today, it’s absolutely gelid!

· Halcyon (adjective): calm or peaceful
Albert missed the halcyon days of youth.

· Brumal: (adjective) Of or characteristic of winter (from the Latin bruma meaning winter)

The hibernating bear was deep in a brumal sleep.

· Frore: (adjective) Frozen or frosty
The painting depicted a frore landscape.

· Névé: (noun) Granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice
The mountain was covered in névé.

· Hiemal (adjective): Of or pertaining to winter; wintry (from the Latin hiems meaning winter)
The family had long lived in the hiemal town of Lillehammer.

· Algid (adjective): Cold; chilly (from the Latin algidus – sometimes used in medicine to describe states of abnormally low body temperature or shock resulting in clamminess)
It was an algid night on Lake Michigan.

It looks like many places are starting to warm up a little. I hope you are all safe and comfortable.

Donna Bradley Burcher | Technical Editor, Adv. | Symitar®

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