squaw winter

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squaw + winter. The Narragansett word squaw was applied by Europeans to a large number of unrelated things; see the Derived terms section of the entry squaw.


squaw winter (plural squaw winters)

  1. (US, New York dialect) An early onset of winter, an early (October) cold snap, often followed by flurries of snow.
  2. (Canada, Northwest dialect) A mild onset of winter.