khamsin

khamsin

[kam-seen, kam-sin]
noun
a hot southerly wind, varying from southeast to southwest, that blows regularly in Egypt and over the Red Sea for about 50 days, commencing about the middle of March.

Origin:
1675–85; < Arabic khamsīn literally, fifty

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khamsin, kamseen or kamsin (ˈkæmsɪn, kæmˈsiːn)
 
n
a hot southerly wind blowing from about March to May, esp in Egypt
 
[C17: from Arabic, literally: fifty]
 
kamseen, kamseen or kamsin
 
n
 
[C17: from Arabic, literally: fifty]
 
kamsin, kamseen or kamsin
 
n
 
[C17: from Arabic, literally: fifty]

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khamsin

hot, dry, dusty wind in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula that blows from the south or southeast in late winter and early spring. It often reaches temperatures above 40 C (104 F), and it may blow continuously for three or four days at a time and then be followed by an inflow of much cooler air

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