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cyclonic

[ sahy-klon-ik ]
/ saɪˈklɒn ɪk /
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adjective Meteorology.

of or relating to a cyclone.
describing a direction of rotation that is counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

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cyclonal, cyclone, cyclone cellar, cyclone fence, cyclone furnace, cyclonic, cyclonite, cyclooctatetraene, cycloolefin, cycloparaffin, cyclopean
Also cy·clon·i·cal.

Origin of cyclonic

First recorded in 1855–60; cyclone + -ic
Related formscy·clon·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·cy·clon·ic, adjective
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cyclonic


adj.

1860, from cyclone + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper