Favonius

Favonius

[fuh-voh-nee-uhs]
noun
the ancient Roman personification of the west wind.
Compare Zephyrus.
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Favonius
1549, personification of the west wind in Roman mythology, OED says from L. favere "to favor;" Klein says by dissimilation from *fovonius, lit. "the warming wind," from fovere "to warm." This is the source (via O.H.G. phonno) of Ger. Föhn "warm, dry wind blowing down Alpine valleys."
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