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Very cold; icy: gelid ocean waters. See Synonyms at cold.

[Latin gelidus, from gelū, frost; see gel- in Indo-European roots.]

ge·lid′i·ty (jə-lĭd′ĭ-tē), gel′id·ness n.
gel′id·ly adv.
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