frigid

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From Latin frīgidus (cold), from frīgeō (I am cold), from frigus (cold, coldness), from Proto-Indo-European *sriges-, *sriHges-.

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frigid (comparative more frigid, superlative most frigid)

  1. Very cold; lacking warmth; icy.
    • 2013 March 1, Nancy Langston, “Mining the Boreal North”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 98: 
      Reindeer are well suited to the taiga’s frigid winters. They can maintain a thermogradient between body core and the environment of up to 100 degrees, in part because of insulation provided by their fur, and in part because of counter-current vascular heat exchange systems in their legs and nasal passages.
  2. Chilly in manner; lacking affection or zeal; impassive.
  3. (colloquial) Sexually unresponsive, especially of a woman.

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