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sirocco

[suh-rok-oh] /səˈrɒk oʊ/
noun, plural siroccos.
1.
a hot, dry, dustladen wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.
2.
a warm, sultry south or southeast wind accompanied by rain, occurring in the same regions.
3.
any hot, oppressive wind, especially one in the warm sector of a cyclone.
Also, scirocco.
Origin of sirocco
1610-1620
1610-20; < Italian, variant of scirocco < Arabic sharq east
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  • For the hand he held was shaking like some slender-stalked lily in the clutch of the sirocco.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Tramontana and sirocco alternate, and each is more unendurable than the other.

    Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting
  • Kalliope, faithful even amid the torment of the sirocco, followed her.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • He shivered; then a sirocco of fire followed the void of the wind.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • The deep melancholy poured into him by sirocco caused him to do so now.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • He had remembered his sensation in the sea that gray morning of sirocco.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • It was a magnificent day, very hot but not sultry, free from sirocco.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • He remembered the morning of sirocco, his fear, his passion of tears in the boat.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • The air was still, heavy, and parched with the breath of the Australasian sirocco.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Owing to the sirocco which blew across the water, the air was cool and sweet.

    Venice Dorothy Menpes
British Dictionary definitions for sirocco

sirocco

/sɪˈrɒkəʊ/
noun (pl) -cos
1.
a hot oppressive and often dusty wind usually occurring in spring, beginning in N Africa and reaching S Europe
2.
any hot southerly wind, esp one moving to a low pressure centre
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from Arabic sharq east wind
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Word Origin and History for sirocco
n.

"hot wind blowing from the Libyan deserts," 1610s, from Italian sirocco, from vulgar Arabic shoruq "the east wind," from Arabic sharqi "eastern, east wind," from sharq "east," from sharaqa "to rise" (in reference to the sun).

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