Lethal vs Winterkill - What's the difference?

lethal | winterkill |


As nouns the difference between lethal and winterkill

is that lethal is (chemistry) one of the higher alcohols of the paraffine series obtained from spermaceti as a white crystalline solid while winterkill is the mortality resulting from lethal wintry conditions among a human, animal and/or vegetal population.

As an adjective lethal

is deadly; mortal; fatal.

As a verb winterkill is

to kill by the conditions of winter, especially the effect of the cold, freezing.

lethal

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) .

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Deadly; mortal; fatal.
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    Etymology 2

    Abbreviation of “lauric acid ethereal salt”, so called because it occurs in the ethereal salt of lauric acid.

    Noun

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  • (chemistry) One of the higher alcohols of the paraffine series obtained from spermaceti as a white crystalline solid.
  • winterkill

    English

    Alternative forms

    * winter-kill * winter kill

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The mortality resulting from lethal wintry conditions among a human, animal and/or vegetal population.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To kill by the conditions of winter, especially the effect of the cold, freezing.
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  • To die from the above effects of winter conditions.
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