[ wil-ee-waw ]
/ ˈwɪl iˌwɔ /


a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.

Origin of williwaw

First recorded in 1835–45; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for williwaw

/ (ˈwɪlɪˌwɔː) /

noun US and Canadian

a sudden strong gust of cold wind blowing offshore from a mountainous coast, as in the Strait of Magellan
a state of great turmoil

Word Origin for williwaw

C19: of unknown origin
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