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harmattan

[hahr-muh-tan]
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noun
  1. (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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harmattan

noun
  1. a dry dusty wind from the Sahara blowing towards the W African coast, esp from November to March
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Word Origin

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