- (of certain Mediterranean winds) occurring annually.
Origin of etesian
1595–1605; < Latin etēsi(ae) < Greek etēsíai (ánemoi) periodic (winds) + -an
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Examples from the Web for etesian
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.Theocritus, Bion and Moschus
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.
- (of NW winds) recurring annually in the summer in the E Mediterranean
C17: from Latin etēsius yearly, from Greek etēsios, from etos year
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