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zephyr

[zef-er] /ˈzɛf ər/
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
1000
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
Synonyms
1. See wind1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for zephyr

zephyr

/ˈzɛfə/
noun
1.
a soft or gentle breeze
2.
any of several delicate soft yarns, fabrics, or garments, usually of wool
Word Origin
C16: from Latin zephyrus, from Greek zephuros the west wind; probably related to Greek zophos darkness, west
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Word Origin and History for zephyr
n.

mid-14c., from Old English Zefferus, from Latin Zephyrus, from Greek 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.1600.

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zephyr in Culture
Zephyr [(zef-uhr)]

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

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