relating to frost; frosty ...1588 obs.
from Latin pruīnōsus (frosty from) pruīna (hoar frost) + -ōsus (-ous)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1588 - see EXAMPLE below
"...there shall arise much bickering, and contention amongst women: the beginnings of many innouations and alterations shal appeere: matrones shal moorne: kings and princes shall perish: there shall be many slaughters, and massacres with bloody dint of sword: much icie and pruinous cold to be expected: Autumnall fruits shall be neither plentifull, nor sound: and there shall be a great death of Bees..."
From: A Discoursiue Probleme Concerning Prophesies How Far They are to be Valued, or Credited, According to the Surest Rules, and Directions in Diuinitie, Philosophie, Astrologie, and Other Learning
- John Harvey