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Word Nerd: Niveous

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsyniveous definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyNiveous mean of, or relating to snow; snowy. Niveous derives from the Latin niveus, from nix (snow).

Niveous is such a beautiful wintry word. Niveous can be used to describe snowy conditions – “The forest lay quite beneath it’s cold, niveous blanket.” or “There was mystery in the niveous winter air, so cold and clear and icy.”. Niveous also relates to the color of snow, to it’s whiteness. “The niveous, icy clouds hung low and ominous along the mountain ridge.”.

Niveous landscape in the Heart of Winter image crop from photo by silvan steiner via LaWhimsyThe niveous landscape seemed spun of icy lace and cotton as it lay heavy and quite all around…

Niveous is such a lovely word and one I’m probably going to (over) use to great affect this winter! I am often guilty of using new words to exhaustion, especially when I find them charming or exquisite or simply delightful to say or write. What can I say, it’s a quirk, lol! Do you ever find yourself doing the same and will you be doing it with niveous?

Namaste ~ Ella

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