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sirocco

[suh-rok-oh] /səˈrɒk oʊ/
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
1610-1620
1610-20; < Italian, variant of scirocco < Arabic sharq east
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sirocco

/sɪˈrɒkəʊ/
noun (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
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from Arabic sharq east wind
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Word Origin and History for sirocco
n.

"hot wind blowing from the Libyan deserts," 1610s, from Italian 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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