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Related to hiemal: rebarbative, conniving


Of or relating to winter.

[Latin hiemālis, from hiems, winter; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.]


a less common word for hibernal
[C16: from Latin hiems winter; see hibernate]


(ˈhaɪ ə məl)

of or pertaining to winter; wintry.
[1550–60; < Latin hiemālis, derivative of hiem(s) winter]
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Adj.1.hiemal - characteristic of or relating to winter; "bears in brumal sleep"
wintery, wintry - characteristic of or occurring in winter; "suffered severe wintry weather"; "brown wintry grasses"
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Likewise, in Landscape with the Moon, evergreens in a copse seem to huddle together under a hiemal sky.
(10) Here is an obvious error: Estual, that is Estival, refers to the tropic of Cancer but Alfonse's heading east-south-east brings him to the line of the diameter called Hiemal, that is the tropic of Capricorn.
Moreover, as Wood and Pinnock themselves make clear, the most memorable even of this year was not the hot, dry spring, but the 'intollerably severe' winter, in which not only the rivers, but even the coastal shallows of the North Sea were frozen solid, and the residents of London partook of various hiemal pastimes at a 'frost fair' set up in the middle of the ice-bound Thames (p.389).