ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: subnivean

subnivean  (sʌbˈnɪvɪən), adj.
Occurring beneath a layer of snow.

The subnivean climate is the environment in and under the snowpack. Many animals spend an active winter here.

'Pukak' is an Inuit word for that environment.

Etymology: Latin 'sub', under + 'nives', snow.

Here is an article about the subnivean zone. The image below is from this site.

This word was posted by a friend on Facebook recently, and came to mind again as I shoveled snow today:  it was a thin layer of snow, but some creatures had managed to use the cover, and left a network of small tunnels across my driveway.

Tags: adj, latin, s, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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