a cold dry northerly wind in Switzerland and the neighbouring parts of France and Italy, usually in the spring

Word Origin for bise

C14: from Old French, of Germanic origin; compare Old Swedish bīsa whirlwind
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Examples from the Web for bise

Historical Examples of bise

  • The mistral and the bise, when they really set to work, are a scourge.

    A Spring Walk in Provence

    Archibald Marshall

  • There was not a breath of wind, even to leeward, for the bise had blown itself out of breath.

    A Residence in France

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • One evening they were out together when the bise, as the strong northwest wind is called, was blowing.

    The Spell of Switzerland

    Nathan Haskell Dole

  • The next morning the frost had set in: I hurried the invalid into the coach, and we turned our backs on the bise.

    Four Years in France

    Henry Digby Beste

  • Besides, the wind is generally blowing—the bise—which does not simplify matters.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine