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harmattan

[ hahr-muh-tan ]
/ ˌhɑr məˈtæn /
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noun

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

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Origin of harmattan

1665–75; said to be <Twi haramata
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British Dictionary definitions for harmattan

harmattan
/ (hɑːˈmætən) /

noun

a dry dusty wind from the Sahara blowing towards the W African coast, esp from November to March
C17: from Twi haramata, perhaps from Arabic harām forbidden thing; see harem
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