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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Definitions for williwaw

  1. a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.

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Citations for williwaw
Outside, a new note has crept into the wind, a black williwaw sound straight from the terrible wastes to the north. Walker Percy, The Moviegoer, 1961
There was a big williwaw blowing and nothing was moving on the island. So I was a couple of days late in leaving… Edited by Fern Chandonnet, Alaska at War, 1941-1945: The Forgotten War Remembered, 2007
Origin of williwaw
1835-1845
Williwaw entered English in the 1830s. It is of unknown origin.