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 (plo͞o′vē-əs) also plu·vi·ose (-ōs′)
Characterized by heavy rainfall; rainy.

[Middle English, from Old French pluvieus, from Latin pluviōsus, from (aqua) pluvia, rain (water), feminine of pluvius, of rain, from pluere, to rain; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

plu′vi·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
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(Historical Terms) the rainy month: the fifth month of the French revolutionary calendar, extending from Jan 21 to Feb 19
[C19 pluviose, C15 pluvious; see pluvious]
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Noun1.Pluviose - fifth month of the Revolutionary calendar (January and February); the rainy month
Revolutionary calendar - the calendar adopted by the first French Republic in 1793 and abandoned in 1805; dates were calculated from Sept. 22, 1792
Revolutionary calendar month - a month in the Revolutionary calendar
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For more information, contact Officer Eddie Pluviose, community relations officer, at (815) 356-3731 or
(14) Quelques idees sur les arts, sur la necessite de les encourager, sur les institutions qui peuvent en assurer la perfection et sur divers etablissements necessaires a I 'enseignement public, adresse a la Convention nationale et au Comite d'instruction publique par Boissy d'Anglas, depute du departement de l'Ardeche, imprimees par ordre de la Convention nationale, 25 pluviose an I, p.
(19) Jean-Etienne-Marie Portalis, <<Discours preliminaire sur le projet de Code Civil presente le 1er pluviose en IX par la Commission nommee par le gouvernement consulaire>> dans Jean-Etienne-Marie Portalis, Discours et rapports sur le Code Civil : precedes de l'Essai sur l'utilite de la codification de Frederic Portalis, Caen, Presses universitaires de Caen, 2010 a la p 66.
At Louhans, on 12 Pluviose [31 January 1794], the popular society conceived the idea of nominating in every commune a worthy citizen, who would both give instruction and edify his fellow citizens by his exemplary life.
Pluviose an IX par la Comission nommee par le Gouvernement Consulaire Paris, 1808, edicion castellana de Manuel de Rivacoba y Rivacoba, Edeval, Discurso preliminar del proyecto de Codigo Civil, Valparaiso.
CAST: Emilie Sigouin, Guillaume Tremblay, Hamidou Savadogo, Ted Pluviose, Cassandre Emmanuel, Olivier Aubin
In his proposal made on the 8th of pluviose year II (27 January 1794), he enounced before the National Convention that "it is impossible to destroy federalism which is based on not communicating thoughts".
That abolishes the Slavery of Blacks in the Colonies," 16 Pluviose an 2 (4 February 1794), CARAN Colonies CC/9a/9.
The Republican year started on September 22nd (the equinox) with twelve renamed months (e.g., Pluviose for January, Noma/ for April, Thermidor for July), each month being divided into three ten-day decades, plus a five-day annual holiday (fete) (six days' holiday in a leap year) (Freeman, 1990).