[pahm-pair-oh, pam-; Spanish pahm-pe-raw]

noun, plural pam·pe·ros [pahm-pair-ohz, pam-; Spanish pahm-pe-raws] /pɑmˈpɛər oʊz, pæm-; Spanish pɑmˈpɛ rɔs/.

a cold and dry southwesterly wind that sweeps down over the pampas of Argentina from the Andes.

Origin of pampero

1810–20; < American Spanish: literally, of the pampas Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of pampero

  • Ostriches and hunters fled and galloped rapidly as the pampero.

    Last of the Incas

    Gustave Aimard

  • All announced the approach of the pampero, that simoom of the prairies.

    Last of the Incas

    Gustave Aimard

  • He explained that this pampero is frequent on the Argentine Plains.

  • The day of the pampero, however, did not pass by before another incident happened on board the Esmeralda.

    On Board the Esmeralda

    John Conroy Hutcheson

  • Therefore an attempt was made to disguise the character of the Pampero and her purpose, and the men were all ordered below.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3

    Willis Fletcher Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for pampero


noun plural -ros (-rəʊz, Spanish -ros)

a dry cold wind in South America blowing across the pampas from the south or southwest

Word Origin for pampero

C19: from American Spanish: (wind) of the pampas
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