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.
- ‘Having dealt with resurgent Jacobinism at home in the coup of Floréal, the French government was now keen to curb radical excesses elsewhere.’
- ‘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, from Latin floreus ‘flowery’, from flos, flor- ‘flower’.
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