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buran

[boo-rahn]
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noun
  1. a strong Asian wind of the Asian steppes accompanying dust storms in summer and blizzards in winter.
  2. a violent storm with this wind.

Origin of buran

1885–90; Russian, from Turkish (or other Turkic language) boran
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Historical Examples

  • The book contains the lives of very few women; but one of the privileged of her sex is Buran, who died in 884.

    A Boswell of Baghdad

    E. V. Lucas

  • This buran is apt to cause the loss of many lives, both of men and cattle.

  • Cold waves and warm waves are common, and blizzards resemble the buran or purga of Russia and Siberia.


British Dictionary definitions for buran

buran

bura (buːˈrɑː)

noun (in central Asia)
  1. a blizzard, with the wind blowing from the north and reaching gale force
  2. a summer wind from the north, causing dust storms

Word Origin

C19: from Russian, of Turkic origin; related to Kazan Tatar buran
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