[ wil-ee-waw ]
/ ˈwɪl iˌwɔ /
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a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.
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Origin of williwaw
First recorded in 1835–45; origin uncertain
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Example sentences from the Web for williwaw
On the afternoon of the tenth day on the island the sky clouded up and Mr. Gibney predicted a williwaw.Captain Scraggs|Peter B. Kyne
A williwaw began in the hills ahead and swept out and set the ship to reeling crazily in its erratic currents.
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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