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Sunday, June 27, 2010

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.
Quotes:
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:
Zephyr can be traced to the Greek zéphyros meaning "the west wind."
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