from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The ninth month of the French Republican calendar, which dated from September 22, 1792. It began May, 20, and ended June 18. See vendemiaire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ninth month in the French revolutionary calendar. In the year 1794 it began May 20th and ended June 18th.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ninth month of the Revolutionary calendar (May and June); the month of meadows
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When Robespierre tells you that he distanced himself from the committee because he was suppressed, he takes care not to let you know all; he does not tell you that it is because having carried his will in the committee for six months, he found resistance the moment that, alone, he wanted to deliver the decree of 22 prairial; this decree which in impure hands which he chose, could be so grievous to patriots.
Gaillot, commissaire de la sixième chambre, an III., 5 prairial.
-- _Report of citizen Gaillot, commissary of the sixth session, 3d year, 5th prairial.
Hélène was born at Plouhinec, department of Morbihan, on (according to the official record) "28 prairial," in the eleventh year of the republic (1803).
History, delivered in prairial (May 20-June 18), 1803, we have a further statement of the theoretical views of Lamarck on species and their origin.
 "On the Influence of the Moon on the Earth's Atmosphere," _Journal de Physique_, prairial, l'an VI.
 _Discours d'ouverture d'un Cours de Zoologie, prononcé en prairial, an XI, au Muséum d'Histoire naturelle, sur la question,
Unyoking his oxen on the edge of the luxuriant meadows which blended with scarcely any line of demarcation into the great stream itself, he found the prospect "good" according to his lights and prairial experiences, and, converting his halted wagon into a temporary cabin, he resolved to rest here and "settle."
y a trouvé de la résistance au moment où, seul, il a voulu faire rendre le décret du 22 prairial; ce décret qui dans les mains impures qu'il avait choisies, pouvait être si funeste aux patriotes.