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sirocco

[ suh-rok-oh ]
/ səˈrɒk oʊ /
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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.
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Also sci·roc·co [shuh-rok-oh, suh-] /ʃəˈrɒk oʊ, sə-/ .

Origin of sirocco

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

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British Dictionary definitions for sirocco

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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