sirocco

sirocco

[suh-rok-oh]
noun, plural siroccos.
1.
a hot, dry, dustladen wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.
2.
a warm, sultry south or southeast wind accompanied by rain, occurring in the same regions.
3.
any hot, oppressive wind, especially one in the warm sector of a cyclone.
Also, scirocco.


Origin:
1610–20; < Italian, variant of scirocco < Arabic sharq east

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sirocco (sɪˈrɒkəʊ)
 
n , pl -cos
1.  a hot oppressive and often dusty wind usually occurring in spring, beginning in N Africa and reaching S Europe
2.  any hot southerly wind, esp one moving to a low pressure centre
 
[C17: from Italian, from Arabic sharq east wind]

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sirocco
"hot wind blowing from the Libyan deserts," 1617, from It. sirocco, from vulgar Arabic shoruq "the east wind," from Arabic sharqi "eastern, east wind," from sharq "east," from sharaqa "to rise" (in reference to the sun).
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