One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fourth month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from December 21 to January 19.
- ‘Today is Quartidi, the 4th of Nivose, Year 211.’
- ‘It was to be approved by plebiscite, and for the revolutionary month of Nivôse (21 December 1799-20 January 1800) registers were open in every commune for citizens to record their approval or opposition.’
- ‘Out went the old months - January to December - and in came Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor and Fructidor.’
French Nivôse, from Latin nivosus ‘snowy’, from nix, niv- ‘snow’.
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