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tramontana

[trah-muh n-tah-nuh, -tan-uh; Italian trah-mawn-tah-nah] /ˌtrɑ mənˈtɑ nə, -ˈtæn ə; Italian ˌtrɑ mɔnˈtɑ nɑ/
noun, plural tramontanas Italian, tramontane
[trah-mawn-tah-ne] /ˌtrɑ mɔnˈtɑ nɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a cold wind from the north or northeast that blows in the western Mediterranean.
2.
any north wind issuing from a mountainous region.
Origin of tramontana
1605-1615
1605-15; < Italian, noun use of feminine of tramontano tramontane
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  • tramontana and sirocco alternate, and each is more unendurable than the other.

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  • This is slenderer and smaller than the l-qrgha of those countries (tramontana).

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The wind freshened; the tramontana, that piercing wind from the Alps, was beginning to blow.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • The tramontana blew steadily from the north, whistling monotonously in the ears.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • Humyn and those come with him from that side (tramontana), who had never seen one before, were much entertained.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The opinion current in those countries (tramontana) that it can lift an elephant on its horn, seems mistaken.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The gn-cow1759 is another, a very small one, perhaps as large as the qchqr (ram) of those countries (tramontana).

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • This is not peculiar to Hindstn, but is here described because it is not in those countries (tramontana).

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • We should all be ghosts, of course, but the more easily could the sun warm us through in spite of the tramontana.

  • At Perugia, last spring, through weeks of tramontana, how one yearned for the sight of yellow English primroses!

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