khamsin

[ kam-seen, kam-sin ]
/ kæmˈsin, ˈkæm sɪn /

noun

a hot southerly wind, varying from southeast to southwest, that blows regularly in Egypt and over the Red Sea for about 50 days, commencing about the middle of March.

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Origin of khamsin

First recorded in 1675–85, khamsin is from the Arabic word khamsīn literally, fifty

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British Dictionary definitions for khamsin

khamsin

kamseen or kamsin

/ (ˈkæmsɪn, kæmˈsiːn) /

noun

a hot southerly wind blowing from about March to May, esp in Egypt

Word Origin for khamsin

C17: from Arabic, literally: fifty
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