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.

Nearby words

  1. khalsa,
  2. khama,
  3. khama, sir seretse,
  4. khambhat,
  5. khamenei,
  6. khan,
  7. khanate,
  8. khanbalik,
  9. khanda,
  10. khanga

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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