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winter Idioms & Phrases


austrian winter pea

  • noun variety of pea plant native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa and widely grown especially for forage
    field-pea plant; Pisum sativum arvense; field pea; Pisum arvense.
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early winter cress

  • noun of southwestern Europe; cultivated in Florida
    American watercress; Barbarea verna; American cress; Belle Isle cress; Barbarea praecox; land cress.
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love-in-winter

  • noun Eurasian herb with white or pinkish flowers in a terminal corymb
    western prince's pine; Chimaphila umbellata; Chimaphila corymbosa.
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madeira winter cherry

  • noun small South American shrub cultivated as a houseplant for its abundant ornamental but poisonous red or yellow cherry-sized fruit
    Solanum pseudocapsicum; Madeira winter cherry; Jerusalem cherry.
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nuclear winter

  • noun a long period of darkness and extreme cold that scientists predict would follow a full-scale nuclear war; a layer of dust and smoke in the atmosphere would cover the earth and block the rays of the sun; most living organisms would perish
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winter aconite

  • noun small Old World perennial herb grown for its bright yellow flowers which appear in early spring often before snow is gone
    Eranthis hyemalis.
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Winter apple

  • an apple that keeps well in winter, or that does not ripen until winter.
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Winter barley

  • a kind of barley that is sown in autumn.
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Winter berry

  • (Bot.), the name of several American shrubs (Ilex verticillata, I. lævigata, etc.) of the Holly family, having bright red berries conspicuous in winter.
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Winter bloom

  • . (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus Azalea. (b) A plant of the genus Hamamelis (H. Viginica); witch-hazel; so called from its flowers appearing late in autumn, while the leaves are falling.
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Winter bud

  • (Zoöl.), a statoblast.
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Winter cherry

  • noun Old World perennial cultivated for its ornamental inflated papery orange-red calyx
    bladder cherry; Physalis alkekengi; Chinese lantern plant.
  • noun small South American shrub cultivated as a houseplant for its abundant ornamental but poisonous red or yellow cherry-sized fruit
    Solanum pseudocapsicum; Madeira winter cherry; Jerusalem cherry.
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  • (Bot.), a plant (Physalis Alkekengi) of the Nightshade family, which has, a red berry inclosed in the inflated and persistent calyx. See Alkekengi.
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Winter cough

  • (Med.), a form of chronic bronchitis marked by a cough recurring each winter.
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Winter cress

  • noun any plant of the genus Barbarea: yellow-flowered Eurasian cresses; widely cultivated for winter salad
    scurvy grass; St. Barbara's herb.
  • noun cress cultivated for winter salads
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  • (Bot.), a yellow-flowered cruciferous plant (Barbarea vulgaris).
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winter crookneck

  • noun any of various plants bearing squash having hard rinds and elongated recurved necks
    Cucurbita moschata; winter crookneck.
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winter crookneck squash

  • noun any of various plants bearing squash having hard rinds and elongated recurved necks
    Cucurbita moschata; winter crookneck.
  • noun a squash with a hard rind and an elongated curved neck
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Winter crop

  • a crop which will bear the winter, or which may be converted into fodder during the winter.
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winter currant

  • noun a flowering shrub
    Ribes sanguineum.
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Winter duck

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) The pintail. (b) The old squaw.
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Winter egg

  • (Zoöl.), an egg produced in the autumn by many invertebrates, and destined to survive the winter. Such eggs usually differ from the summer eggs in having a thicker shell, and often in being enveloped in a protective case. They sometimes develop in a manner different from that of the summer eggs.
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Winter fallow

  • ground that is fallowed in winter.
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Winter fat

  • . (Bot.) Same as White sage, under White.
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winter fern

  • noun large branching biennial herb native to Eurasia and Africa and adventive in North America having large fernlike leaves and white flowers; usually found in damp habitats; all parts extremely poisonous
    poison parsley; poison hemlock; hemlock; Nebraska fern; Conium maculatum; California fern.
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Winter fever

  • (Med.), pneumonia. Colloq.
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Winter flounder

  • noun flesh of American flounder; important in the winter
    lemon sole.
  • noun important American food fish in the winter
    lemon sole; blackback flounder; Pseudopleuronectes americanus.
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  • . (Zoöl.) See the Note under Flounder.
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winter flowering cherry

  • noun shrub or tree native to Japan cultivated as an ornamental for its rose-pink flowers
    rosebud cherry; Prunus subhirtella.
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Winter gull

  • (Zoöl.), the common European gull; called also winter mew. Prov. Eng.
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winter hazel

  • noun any of several Asiatic deciduous shrubs cultivated for their nodding racemes of yellow flowers that appear before the leaves
    flowering hazel.
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winter heath

  • noun dwarf European shrub with very early blooming bell-shaped red flowers
    Erica carnea; spring heath.
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winter heliotrope

  • noun European herb with vanilla-scented white-pink flowers
    sweet coltsfoot; Petasites fragrans.
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Winter itch

  • . (Med.) See Prarie itch, under Prairie.
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winter jasmine

  • noun deciduous rambling shrub widely cultivated for its winter-blooming yellow flowers
    Jasminum nudiflorum.
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Winter lodge, ∨ Winter lodgment

  • . (Bot.) Same as Hibernaculum.
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winter melon

  • noun any of a variety of muskmelon vines having fruit with a smooth white rind and white or greenish flesh that does not have a musky smell
    honeydew melon; Cucumis melo inodorus; winter melon; Persian melon.
  • noun the fruit of the winter melon vine; a green melon with pale green to orange flesh that keeps well
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winter melon vine

  • noun any of a variety of muskmelon vines having fruit with a smooth white rind and white or greenish flesh that does not have a musky smell
    honeydew melon; Cucumis melo inodorus; winter melon; Persian melon.
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Winter mew

  • . (Zoöl.) Same as Winter gull, above. Prov. Eng.
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Winter moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of geometrid moths which come forth in winter, as the European species (Cheimatobia brumata). These moths have rudimentary mouth organs, and eat no food in the imago state. The female of some of the species is wingless.
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winter mushroom

  • noun an edible agaric that is available in early spring or late fall when few other mushrooms are; has a viscid smooth orange to brown cap and a velvety stalk that turns black in maturity and pallid gills; often occur in clusters
    Flammulina velutipes.
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Winter oil

  • oil prepared so as not to solidify in moderately cold weather.
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winter olympic games

  • noun an Olympics for winter sports
    Winter Olympic Games.
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winter olympics

  • noun an Olympics for winter sports
    Winter Olympic Games.
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Winter pear

  • a kind of pear that keeps well in winter, or that does not ripen until winter.
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winter purslane

  • noun succulent herb sometimes grown as a salad or pot herb; grows on dunes and waste ground of Pacific coast of North America
    Montia perfoliata; Cuban spinach; miner's lettuce.
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Winter quarters

  • the quarters of troops during the winter; a winter residence or station.
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winter rose

  • noun European evergreen plant with white or purplish rose-like winter-blooming flowers
    Christmas rose; Helleborus niger; black hellebore.
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Winter rye

  • a kind of rye that is sown in autumn.
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winter savory

  • noun erect perennial subshrub having pink or white flowers and leathery leaves with a flavor of thyme; southern Europe
    Satureja montana; Satureia montana.
  • noun resinous leaves used in stews and stuffings and meat loaf
    winter savory.
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winter savoury

  • noun resinous leaves used in stews and stuffings and meat loaf
    winter savory.
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Winter shad

  • (Zoöl.), the gizzard shad.
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Winter sheldrake

  • (Zoöl.), the goosander. Local, U.S.
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Winter sleep

  • (Zoöl.), hibernation.
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Winter snipe

  • (Zoöl.), the dunlin.
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Winter solstice

  • noun December 22, when the sun is at its southernmost point
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  • . (Astron.) See Solstice, 2.
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winter squash

  • noun any of various plants of the species Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata producing squashes that have hard rinds and mature in the fall
    winter squash.
  • noun any of various fruits of the gourd family with thick rinds and edible yellow to orange flesh that mature in the fall and can be stored for several months
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winter squash plant

  • noun any of various plants of the species Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata producing squashes that have hard rinds and mature in the fall
    winter squash.
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winter sweet

  • noun dwarf aromatic shrub of Crete
    hop marjoram; cretan dittany; dittany of crete; crete dittany; Origanum dictamnus.
  • noun aromatic Eurasian perennial
    marjoram; wild marjoram; Origanum vulgare; oregano; pot marjoram.
  • noun medium-sized shrubby tree of South Africa having thick leathery evergreen leaves and white or pink flowers and globose usually two-seeded purplish black fruits
    Acocanthera oblongifolia; Acocanthera spectabilis; poison arrow plant.
  • noun deciduous Japanese shrub cultivated for its fragrant yellow flowers
    Japanese allspice; Japan allspice; Chimonanthus praecox.
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Winter teal

  • (Zoöl.), the green-winged teal.
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winter urn

  • noun a common name for a variety of Sarcosomataceae
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Winter wagtail

  • (Zoöl.), the gray wagtail (Motacilla melanope). Prov. Eng.
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Winter wheat

  • wheat sown in autumn, which lives during the winter, and ripens in the following summer.
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Winter wren

  • noun small wren of coniferous forests of northern hemisphere
    Troglodytes troglodytes.
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  • (Zoöl.), a small American wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) closely resembling the common wren.
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winter's bark

  • noun aromatic bark having tonic and stimulant properties
  • noun South American evergreen tree yielding winter's bark and a light soft wood similar to basswood
    Drimys winteri; winter's bark.
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Win"ter's bark`
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  1. (Bot.) The aromatic bark of tree (Drimys, ∨ Drymis, Winteri) of the Magnolia family, which is found in Southern Chili. It was first used as a cure for scurvy by its discoverer, Captain John Winter, vice admiral to sir Francis Drake, in 1577.
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winter's bark family

  • noun small family of chiefly tropical shrubs and trees of genera Drimys and Pseudowintera; sometimes included in Magnoliaceae
    Winteraceae; family Winteraceae.
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winter's bark tree

  • noun South American evergreen tree yielding winter's bark and a light soft wood similar to basswood
    Drimys winteri; winter's bark.
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winter-beaten

Win"ter-beat`en adjective
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  1. Beaten or harassed by the severe weather of winter. Spenser.
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winter-blooming

  • adjective satellite of plants that bloom during the winter
    winter-blooming.
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winter-flowering

  • adjective satellite of plants that bloom during the winter
    winter-blooming.
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winter-ground

Win"ter-ground` transitive verb
Definitions
  1. To coved over in the season of winter, as for protection or shelter; as, to winter-ground the roods of a plant.
    The ruddock would . . . bring thee all this, Yea, and furred moss besides, when flowers are none To winter-ground thy corse. Shak.
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winter-proud

Win"ter-proud` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having too rank or forward a growth for winter.
    When either corn is winter-proud, or other plants put forth and bud too early. Holland.
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winter-rig

Win"ter-rig` transitive verb
Etymology
See Winter and Ridge.
Definitions
  1. To fallow or till in winter. Prov. Eng.
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