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or föhn

[feyn; German fœn] /feɪn; German fœn/
a warm, dry wind descending a mountain, as on the north side of the Alps.
Origin of foehn
1860-65; < German Föhn (orig. in Alpine dialects), Middle High German foenne, Old High German phōnno < Vulgar Latin *faōnius, for Latin Favōnius Favonius Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a disagreeable freak of nature, and half the people are ill when the foehn wind blows.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • Such a rise in temperature due to compression is a well-known phenomenon, referred to as the foehn effect.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for foehn


/fɜːn; German føːn/
(meteorol) a variant spelling of föhn
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foehn in Science
foehn also föhn
  (fɶn, fān)   
A warm, dry, and often strong wind coming off the lee slopes of a mountain range, especially off the northern slopes of the Alps. A foehn is a katabatic wind that warms as it descends because it has dropped its moisture before crossing the mountain range and is put under greater atmospheric pressure as it moves downward. Various local names are also used for foehns (such as chinook in the Rocky Mountain regions). A foehn can cause sudden and dramatic increases in the temperature—from 10° to 20°C (50° to 68°F) in a few minutes—which can cause snow to melt rapidly and even trigger flooding. See also chinook.
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