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[pahm-pair-oh, pam-; Spanish pahm-pe-raw] /pɑmˈpɛər oʊ, pæm-; Spanish pɑmˈpɛ rɔ/
noun, plural pamperos
[pahm-pair-ohz, pam-; Spanish pahm-pe-raws] /pɑmˈpɛər oʊz, pæm-; Spanish pɑmˈpɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA)
a cold and dry southwesterly wind that sweeps down over the pampas of Argentina from the Andes.
Origin of pampero
1810-20; < American Spanish: literally, of the pampas Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The pampero, dreaded on shore as well as at sea, blows with tremendous force across this region.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • He explained that this pampero is frequent on the Argentine Plains.

  • Therefore an attempt was made to disguise the character of the pampero and her purpose, and the men were all ordered below.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • As the pampero docked, and the men came on deck, they were greeted by a shouting mob of enthusiastic people.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • All announced the approach of the pampero, that simoom of the prairies.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • This is the pampero, the south wind, the wind from the Pampas, which blows straight from the frozen tops of the Andes.

    South America To-day Georges Clemenceau
  • The rain gave the mountain wind the softness which the pampero lacks.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • Weapons of the clumsiest, undressed skins as a protection from the occasional blasts of the pampero.

    South America To-day Georges Clemenceau
  • It appeared, afterwards, that the pampero was signalized as a strange steamer, but not reported as suspicious until evening.

  • After this we settled down to a two days' pampero, with a huge but regular sea.

British Dictionary definitions for pampero


/pæmˈpɛərəʊ; Spanish pamˈpero/
noun (pl) -ros (-rəʊz; Spanish) (-ros)
a dry cold wind in South America blowing across the pampas from the south or southwest
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish: (wind) of the pampas
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