sirocco

[ suh-rok-oh ]
/ səˈrɒk oʊ /

noun, plural si·roc·cos.

a hot, dry, dustladen wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.
a warm, sultry south or southeast wind accompanied by rain, occurring in the same regions.
any hot, oppressive wind, especially one in the warm sector of a cyclone.
Also scirocco.

Origin of sirocco

1610–20; < Italian, variant of scirocco < Arabic sharq east
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sirocco

/ (sɪˈrɒkəʊ) /

noun plural -cos

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

Word Origin for sirocco

C17: from Italian, from Arabic sharq east wind
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