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a cold dry northerly wind in Switzerland and the neighbouring parts of France and Italy, usually in the spring
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, of Germanic origin; compare Old Swedish bīsa whirlwind
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  • The mistral and the bise, when they really set to work, are a scourge.

    A Spring Walk in Provence Archibald Marshall
  • There was not a breath of wind, even to leeward, for the bise had blown itself out of breath.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • One evening they were out together when the bise, as the strong northwest wind is called, was blowing.

    The Spell of Switzerland Nathan Haskell Dole
  • The next morning the frost had set in: I hurried the invalid into the coach, and we turned our backs on the bise.

    Four Years in France Henry Digby Beste
  • Besides, the wind is generally blowing—the bise—which does not simplify matters.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • The bise blew tempestuously, killing the early almond blossom.

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