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levanter

[ li-van-ter ]

noun

  1. a strong easterly wind in the Mediterranean.


levanter

1

/ lɪˈvæntə /

noun

  1. an easterly wind in the W Mediterranean area, esp in the late summer
  2. an inhabitant of the Levant


levanter

2

/ lɪˈvæntə /

noun

  1. a person who bolts or absconds

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Word History and Origins

Origin of levanter1

First recorded in 1620–30; Levant + -er 1

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Example Sentences

Blount took an opportunity to whisper into Raleigh's ear, "This storm came like a levanter in the Mediterranean."

Day broke with a "Levanter," and the heavy clouds hanging about rendered any distant view a matter of difficulty.

The night was dark and rainy, and a Levanter—that wind which brings cold and misery and illness—was blowing fiercely.

The lee side of these heights is a great deal worse than the west side of Gibraltar Rock while the strongest Levanter is blowing.

The wind which blew when St Paul was shipwrecked, now called Levanter, from its violence.

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