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williwaw

[wil-ee-waw] /ˈwɪl iˌwɔ/
noun
1.
a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; origin uncertain
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williwaw

/ˈwɪlɪˌwɔː/
noun (US & Canadian)
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
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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