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Favonius

[fuh-voh-nee-uh s]
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noun
  1. the ancient Roman personification of the west wind.
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Examples from the Web for favonius

Historical Examples

  • At the door of it I met Favonius, not without a secret satisfaction to find he had been there.

    Isaac Bickerstaff

    Richard Steele

  • Timber should be felled between early Autumn and the time when Favonius begins to blow.

  • Draco is any bloody fellow; Favonius is any sycophant: but Pope is very different.

  • Favonius carried my tribe with better credit than his own; he lost that of Lucceius.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • There no one will speak his mind except Antius and Favonius, for Cato is ill.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero


Word Origin and History for favonius

Favonius

personification of the west wind in Roman mythology, OED says from Latin favere "to favor;" Klein says by dissimilation from *fovonius, literally "the warming wind," from fovere "to warm." This is the source (via Old High German phonno, 10c., via Vulgar Latin contraction *faonius) of German Föhn "warm, dry wind blowing down Alpine valleys."

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