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Definition: winter solstice
n : December 22, when the sun is at its southernmost point [ant:
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Definition: Winter solstice
, n. [AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter,
OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr,
Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo-
white (in comp.), OIr. find white. ????.]
1. The season of the year in which the sun shines most
obliquely upon any region; the coldest season of the year.
“Of thirty winter he was old.”
And after summer evermore succeeds
Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold.
Winter lingering chills the lap of May. --Goldsmith.
Note: North of the equator, winter is popularly taken to
include the months of December, January, and February
). Astronomically, it may be considered to
begin with the winter solstice, about December 21st,
and to end with the vernal equinox, about March 21st.
2. The period of decay, old age, death, or the like.
Life's autumn past, I stand on winter's verge.
, an apple that keeps well in winter, or that
does not ripen until winter.
, a kind of barley that is sown in autumn.
(Bot.), the name of several American shrubs
, Ilex l[ae]vigata
, etc.) of the
Holly family, having bright red berries conspicuous in
(a) A plant of the genus Azalea.
(b) A plant of the genus Hamamelis
); witch-hazel; -- so called from its flowers
appearing late in autumn, while the leaves are
(Zo["o]l.), a statoblast.
(Bot.), a plant (Physalis Alkekengi
) of the
Nightshade family, which has, a red berry inclosed in the
inflated and persistent calyx. See Alkekengi
(Med.), a form of chronic bronchitis marked by
a cough recurring each winter.
(Bot.), a yellow-flowered cruciferous plant
, a crop which will bear the winter, or which
may be converted into fodder during the winter.
(a) The pintail.
(b) The old squaw.
(Zo["o]l.), an egg produced in the autumn by
many invertebrates, and destined to survive the winter.
Such eggs usually differ from the summer eggs in having a
thicker shell, and often in being enveloped in a
protective case. They sometimes develop in a manner
different from that of the summer eggs.
, ground that is fallowed in winter.
. (Bot.) Same as White sage
, under White
(Med.), pneumonia. [Colloq.]
. (Zo["o]l.) See the Note under Flounder
(Zo["o]l.), the common European gull; -- called
also winter mew
. [Prov. Eng.]
. (Med.) See Prarie itch
, under Prairie
, or Winter lodgment
. (Bot.) Same as
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Winter gull
, above. [Prov.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
geometrid moths which come forth in winter, as the
European species (Cheimatobia brumata
). These moths have
rudimentary mouth organs, and eat no food in the imago
state. The female of some of the species is wingless.
, oil prepared so as not to solidify in
moderately cold weather.
, a kind of pear that keeps well in winter, or
that does not ripen until winter.
, the quarters of troops during the winter;
a winter residence or station.
, a kind of rye that is sown in autumn.
(Zo["o]l.), the gizzard shad.
(Zo["o]l.), the goosander. [Local, U. S.]
(Zo["o]l.), the dunlin.
. (Astron.) See Solstice
(Zo["o]l.), the green-winged teal.
(Zo["o]l.), the gray wagtail (Motacilla melanope
). [Prov. Eng.]
, wheat sown in autumn, which lives during the
winter, and ripens in the following summer.
(Zo["o]l.), a small American wren (Troglodytes hiemalis
) closely resembling the common wren.