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harmattan

[hahr-muh-tan] /ˌhɑr məˈtæn/
noun
1.
(on the west coast of Africa) a dry, parching land breeze, charged with dust.
Origin of harmattan
Twi
1665-1675
1665-75; said to be < Twi haramata
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harmattan

/hɑːˈmætən/
noun
1.
a dry dusty wind from the Sahara blowing towards the W African coast, esp from November to March
Word Origin
C17: from Twi haramata, perhaps from Arabic harām forbidden thing; see harem
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