zephyr

zephyr

[zef-er]
noun
1.
a gentle, mild breeze.
2.
(initial capital letter) Literary. the west wind.
3.
any of various things of fine, light quality, as fabric, yarn, etc.

Origin:
before 1000 for def 2; Middle English < Latin zephyrus < Greek zéphyros the west wind; replacing Middle English zeferus, zephirus, Old English zefferus < Latin as above


1. See wind1.
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zephyr (ˈzɛfə)
 
n
1.  a soft or gentle breeze
2.  any of several delicate soft yarns, fabrics, or garments, usually of wool
 
[C16: from Latin zephyrus, from Greek zephuros the west wind; probably related to Greek zophos darkness, west]

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zephyr
1369, from O.E. Zefferus, from L. Zephyrus, from Gk. Zephyros "the west wind" (sometimes personified as a god), probably related to zophos "the west, the dark region, darkness, gloom." Sense of "mild breeze" is c.1610.
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Zephyr [(zef-uhr)]

The Greek and Roman god of the west wind, considered the most pleasant of the winds.

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