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  1. Zo·na [zoh-nuh] /ˈzoʊ nə/, 1874–1938, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and poet.
  2. a female or male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for zona gale


  1. a strong wind, specifically one of force seven to ten on the Beaufort scale or from 45 to 90 kilometres per hour
  2. (often plural) a loud outburst, esp of laughter
  3. archaic, poetic a gentle breeze
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Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin


  1. short for sweet gale
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Word Origin

Old English gagel; related to Middle Low German gagel
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Word Origin and History for zona gale



"storm at sea," 1540s, from gaile "wind," origin uncertain, perhaps from Old Norse gol "breeze," or Old Danish gal "bad, furious" (often used of weather), from Old Norse galinn "bewitched." Or perhaps it is from Old English galan "to sing" (the second element in nightingale), or giellan "to yell." In technical meteorological use, a wind between 32 and 63 miles per hour.

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