Definition of subnival in English:

subnival

adjective

  • 1Designating the uppermost mountain zone in which regular plant growth is still possible, immediately below the permanent snow line.

  • 2Existing, living, or carried out underneath snow; = subnivean.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Hewett Watson (1804–1881), botanist and phrenologist. From sub- + nival, after German subnival, itself after post-classical Latin subnivalis.

Pronunciation

subnival

/ˌsʌbˈnʌɪvl/