williwaw

williwaw

[wil-ee-waw]
noun
a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.

Origin:
1835–45; origin uncertain

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williwaw (ˈwɪlɪˌwɔː)
 
n
1.  a sudden strong gust of cold wind blowing offshore from a mountainous coast, as in the Strait of Magellan
2.  a state of great turmoil
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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