- a hot southerly wind, varying from southeast to southwest, that blows regularly in Egypt and over the Red Sea for about 50 days, commencing about the middle of March.
Origin of khamsin
First recorded in 1675–85, khamsin is from the Arabic word khamsīn literally, fifty
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But if buildings are shut up early in the morning and opened at night, even the khamsin may be made tolerable.
The khamsin blows for a certain number of days in April, May, and the first half of June.
The heat was increasing and the desert winds brought the "khamsin" or duststorms.The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I
Herbert Brayley Collett
Alexandria on our return was dimmed in the heat and choking in the sand clouds of a khamsin.
It was another very hot day, with a khamsin blowing, and the hard, shelterless hill-sides were a poor place to spend it on.
kamseen or kamsin
- a hot southerly wind blowing from about March to May, esp in Egypt
C17: from Arabic, literally: fifty
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