climate


climate
climate late 14c., Scottish, from O.Fr. climat, from L. clima (gen. climatis) "region, slope of the Earth," from Gk. klima "region, zone," from root of klinein "to slope," thus "slope of the Earth from equator to pole," from PIE root *klei- "to lean" (see LEAN (Cf. lean) (v.)). The angle of sun on the slope of the Earth's surface defined the zones assigned by early geographers. Meaning moved from "region" to "weather associated with a region" by c.1600. Related: Climatography.

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