107. Pluvial, adjective. Of, relating to, or marked by rainfall. For example, pluvial lakes are large bodies of freshwater that formed during ancient ice ages, when rainfall was high and evaporation low. Also a noun used in paleoclimatology to refer to an extended period of unremitting rainfall lasting as long as thousands of years.


From Latin pluvius, “rainy,” derived from the Proto-Indo-European root pleu, meaning “to flow” or “to swim.”


Be prepared for lots of snow, the email says. There has been no sign of spring up here. I walk alone to the pharmacy and back again with a rustling bag of remedies. The earth is moist with the first rain in what feels like a long time. Some seasons last, and some just fade away. I’ll flow, I think. I’ll swim. I swear.

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