from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of or relating to winter.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Belonging to winter; occurring in winter: as, the hiemal solstice.
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- adjective rare Of or pertaining to
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- adjective characteristic of or relating to winter
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Latin hiemālis, from hiems, winter; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.]
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From Latin hiemālis ("pertaining to winter"), from hiems ("winter"). More at hibernate.
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.