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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Definitions for zephyr

  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.

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Citations for zephyr
Every time a customer opened a department store's big doors, a perfumed zephyr blew over the shoots of crocuses, narcissus, hyacinths, and tulips in garden boxes near the entrance, which seemed to be the only breath of spring sustaining them. Charles J. Shields, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, 2006
The air was heavy with the scent of flowers, and as I paused, a faint warm zephyr gently stirred the whispering trees… , "A Dead Man's Vengeance," Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1888
Origin of zephyr
Zephyr can be traced to the Greek zéphyros meaning "the west wind."
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