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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Definitions for sirocco

  1. Any hot, oppressive wind, especially one in the warm sector of a cyclone.
  2. A hot, dry, dustladen wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.
  3. A warm, sultry south or southeast wind accompanied by rain.

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Citations for sirocco
The winter, with its cutting tramontana and sultry sirocco days, we spent in the eternal city, taking rooms of an old woman who had a flat with stone floors and straw chairs in the via Torre Argentina. Thomas Mann, Heinrich Mann, Hans Wysling, Letters of Heinrich and Thomas Mann, 1900-1949
The sirocco had burnt into my very soul, and I bowed my head and submitted without groaning, after a while-and now wait for the hour when the grass, if not the laurels, will whisper over me. John Esten Cooke, Pretty Mrs. Gaston: and other stories
Origin of sirocco
Sirocco enters English from the Italian scirocco, which in turn derives from the Arabic sharq, literally meaning "east."