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sirocco

[ suh-rok-oh ]

noun

, plural si·roc·cos.
  1. a hot, dry, dustladen wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.
  2. a warm, sultry south or southeast wind accompanied by rain, occurring in the same regions.
  3. any hot, oppressive wind, especially one in the warm sector of a cyclone.


sirocco

/ sɪˈrɒkəʊ /

noun

  1. a hot oppressive and often dusty wind usually occurring in spring, beginning in N Africa and reaching S Europe
  2. any hot southerly wind, esp one moving to a low pressure centre


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Word History and Origins

Origin of sirocco1

First recorded in 1610–20; from Italian, variant of scirocco, from Arabic sharq “east”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sirocco1

C17: from Italian, from Arabic sharq east wind
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Example Sentences

The tops of the hills were laden with thunder-clouds, and the turbid atmosphere laboured with the stifling Sirocco.

The sirocco was driving the clouds in the direction of the Via Farnesina, and the yellow floods shimmered gaily.

He observed that their appearance coincided with the return of the sirocco, which blows in Sicily on its western side.

It was blowing a sirocco, with thick rain and a heavy sea, nevertheless we all stood on the bridge to watch the hazardous venture.

He was perfectly familiar with the various stages of the sirocco, as he had long ago named her outbursts.

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