from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling snow; snowy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Snowy; resembling snow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Snowy; resembling snow; partaking of the qualities of snow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Snowy; partaking of the qualities of snow; resembling snow; pure and brilliant white, as the wings of certain moths.


From Latin niveus, from nix, niv-, snow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin niveus, from nixĀ ("snow"). (Wiktionary)



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