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February

Feb·ru·ar·y

February

 
pronunciation:
fe bru eI ri
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part of speech: noun
inflections: Februaries
definition: the second month of the Gregorian calendar year, usu. having twenty-eight days, but having one additional day every leap, or fourth, year.
Word History
February comes from a Latin name for the month, februarius mensis, which means "month of the Februa festival." Februa was a Roman festival of purification celebrated in February. In English, the month has been called "February" since 1200. Before that, February was called by an Old English name that meant "mud month."