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etesian

[ih-tee-zhuh n] /ɪˈti ʒən/
adjective
1.
(of certain Mediterranean winds) occurring annually.
Origin of etesian
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin etēsi(ae) < Greek etēsíai (ánemoi) periodic (winds) + -an
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  • The etesian winds made it impossible to bring up renforcements, and Csar's force was very small.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • Those which blow constantly at certain seasons of the year, as monsoon, trade, and etesian winds.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The etesian winds blew fresh in summer from the north, across the sea, and refreshed the people in their gardens.

  • There the air is still, particularly when the etesian winds cool the other parts of the country which are burnt up by heat.

  • Their winter sets in when the etesian winds begin to blow (for they have rain), and the remaining season is summer.

  • And at dawn the etesian winds blew strongly, which by the command of Zeus blow over every land equally.

    The Argonautica Apollonius Rhodius
  • For it was easy enough to sail to Messenia; but to sail back again, while the etesian winds prevailed, was impossible.

  • From about the twentieth of July to the end of August the famous etesian winds ordinarily blew steadily from the west.

    Biblical Geography and History Charles Foster Kent
  • It is this “etesian” wind which enables sailing boats constantly to ascend the Nile, against its strong and rapid current.

  • In this way midsummer was reached—the etesian winds began to blow, and the Nile to rise.

    Ancient Egypt George Rawlinson
British Dictionary definitions for etesian

etesian

/ɪˈtiːʒɪən/
adjective
1.
(of NW winds) recurring annually in the summer in the E Mediterranean
Word Origin
C17: from Latin etēsius yearly, from Greek etēsios, from etos year
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