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.
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- adj. characteristic of or relating to winter
Latin hiemālis, from hiems, winter; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hiemālis ("pertaining to winter"), from hiems ("winter"). More at hibernate. (Wiktionary)
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.