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[wind-burn] /ˈwɪndˌbɜrn/
an inflammation of the skin, especially that of the face and hands, caused by overexposure to the wind.
Origin of windburn
1920-25; wind1 + burn1
Related forms
windburned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for windburn
  • Weeks later, she still looked as if she had windburn from skiing.
  • Dwarf conifers and broadleaf evergreens such as holly and rhododendrons are susceptible to dehydration and windburn in winter.
  • Once the leaves have been damaged by windburn, they will not recover.
  • Watch shrubs for signs of stress due to lack of moisture or windburn.
  • Transport and storage of all stock shall be done in a manner that prevents windburn and drying.
  • If the tree will not fit in the vehicle, wrap it in a tarp to prevent windburn and needle loss during transportation.
  • Remember that it is easy to get windburn and sunburned in the winter, so wear protection on your face and lips.
  • Trucks used for transporting plants shall be equipped with covers to protect plants from windburn.
British Dictionary definitions for windburn


irritation and redness of the skin caused by prolonged exposure to winds of high velocity
Derived Forms
windburnt, windburned, adjective
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windburn in Medicine

windburn wind·burn (wĭnd'bûrn')
A reddened irritation of the skin caused by exposure to the wind.

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