nivi-, niv-, niva-, nivos-
(Latin: snow, snowy, snowiness)
A Greek equivalent is located at this nipho- unit.
2. Growing in or under the snow as certain plants.
3. Relating to or living in a snowy environment.
4. Characterized by snow or a snowy environment.
2. The erosion of rock or soil beneath a snowbank or snow patch and along its fluctuating margins, due to frost action in conjunction with other processes such as chemical weathering and solifluction.
3. Erosion of the ground beneath and at the sides of a snowbank, mainly as a result of alternate freezing and thawing.
2. Snowy; resembling snow, especially in whiteness; partaking of the qualities of snow.
2. The month was named after the Latin word nivosus, meaning "snow, snowy".
According to Fabre d'Églantine: "In Nivôse, earth is sealed and usually covered with snow. At this time earth is resting and there are no herbal agriculture products to characterize this month. We rather took names of animal and mineral substances of agricultural use."
The poet Fabre d'Eglantine created poetic names for the months to match the seasons in which they occurred:
- Vendémiaire, vintage month
- Brumaire, fog month
- Frimaire, sleet month
- Nivôse, snow month
- Pluviôse, rain month
- Ventôse, wind month
- Germinal, seed month
- Floréal, blossom month
- Prairial, pasture month
- Messidor, harvest month
- Thermidor, heat month
- Fructidor, fruit month
- Sansculottides, additional days
Within the decade sections of the calendar, the days were given names with respect to their positions: