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  • But to-night his little room was cold; unendurably cold; not even the flamings of genius could overcome its frigor; and hardly half an hour had passed before he became aware that his sanctum was altogether uninhabitable.


  • The southwest wind is the most prevalent, but it is generally moderate, and accompanied by clear skies; and the northeast and easterly winds usually bring with them continued rain in summer, and snow in winter; the northwest is remarkable for its dryness and elasticity, and, from its gathering an intense degree of frigor as it sweeps over the frozen plains and ice-bound hills in that quarter of the continent, invariably brings with it a perceptible degree of cold.

    The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)


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  • Thus frozen to death is frigor mortis.

    July 29, 2009

  • “Frigor�? is one of the names given by 19th-century scientists to the realm of absolute zero, the bottom limit of cold. This is a place, the chemist and physicist James Dewar imagined, so cold that molecular motion ceases and the “death of matter�? ensues.

    The New York Times, Less Than Zero, by Mary Roach, July 23, 2009

    July 28, 2009