One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The eighth month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from April 20 to May 19.
- ‘Out went the old months - January to December - and in came Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor and Fructidor.’
- ‘Having dealt with resurgent Jacobinism at home in the coup of Floréal, the French government was now keen to curb radical excesses elsewhere.’
French, from Latin floreus ‘flowery’, from flos, flor- ‘flower’.
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