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typhoon

[ tahy-foon ]
/ taɪˈfun /
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noun

a tropical cyclone or hurricane of the western Pacific area and the China seas.
a violent storm or tempest of India.
(initial capital letter) Military.
  1. a single-engine British ground attack aircraft of World War II.
  2. NATO's name for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet ballistic missile submarine carrying 20 multiwarhead missiles.

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Origin of typhoon

1580–90; < dialectal Chinese, akin to Chinese dàfēng great wind, altered by association with Greek tȳphôn violent wind
Related formsty·phon·ic [tahy-fon-ik] /taɪˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective
Can be confusedcyclone hurricane tidal wave tornado tsunami typhoon
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British Dictionary definitions for typhoon

typhoon

/ (taɪˈfuːn) /

noun

a violent tropical storm or cyclone, esp in the China seas and W Pacific
a violent storm of India
Derived Formstyphonic (taɪˈfɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for typhoon

C16: from Chinese tai fung great wind, from tai great + fung wind; influenced by Greek tuphōn whirlwind
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Word Origin and History for typhoon

typhoon


n.
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Science definitions for typhoon

typhoon

[ tī-fōōn ]

A violent cyclonic storm occurring in the western Pacific Ocean. See Note at cyclone.
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Culture definitions for typhoon

typhoon


In meteorology, a type of cyclone occurring in the western regions of the Pacific Ocean.

Note

A typhoon is similar to a hurricane in levels of destructiveness.
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