(on the west coast of Africa) a dry, parching land breeze, charged with dust.

Origin of harmattan

1665–75; said to be < Twi haramata
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Related Words for harmattan

sandstorm, devil, duster, khamsin, samiel, shaitan, simoom, sirocco

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British Dictionary definitions for harmattan



a dry dusty wind from the Sahara blowing towards the W African coast, esp from November to March

Word Origin for harmattan

C17: from Twi haramata, perhaps from Arabic harām forbidden thing; see harem
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