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levanter

[li-van-ter] /lɪˈvæn tər/
noun
1.
a strong easterly wind in the Mediterranean.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; Levant + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for levanter

levanter1

/lɪˈvæntə/
noun (sometimes capital)
1.
an easterly wind in the W Mediterranean area, esp in the late summer
2.
an inhabitant of the Levant

levanter2

/lɪˈvæntə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a person who bolts or absconds
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Encyclopedia Article for levanter

levante

strong wind of the western Mediterranean Sea and the southern coasts of France and Spain. It is mild, damp, and rainy and is most common in spring and fall. Its name is derived from Levant, the land at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, and refers to the wind's easterly direction. The levanter reaches its maximum intensities in the Strait of Gibraltar, where it sometimes brings eastward-flying airplanes almost to a standstill. It causes foggy weather on the Spanish coast for up to two days at a time. The levanter results from a merging of the clockwise winds of a high-pressure centre over central Europe with the counterclockwise winds of a low-pressure centre over the southwestern Mediterranean

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