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khamsin

[kam-seen, kam-sin]
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noun
  1. 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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khamsin

kamseen or kamsin

noun
  1. a hot southerly wind blowing from about March to May, esp in Egypt
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Word Origin

C17: from Arabic, literally: fifty
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