from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to winter.
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- adj. Of or pertaining to winter, wintry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to winter; occurring in winter: as, the hiemal solstice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of or relating to winter
The early Christians certainly knew the date of the hiemal solstice, and if they had wanted to match it, they would not have chosen December 25.