La Niña

noun La Ni·ña \lä-ˈnē-nyə, -nyä\
plural La Niñas

Definition of LA NIÑA

:  an irregularly recurring upwelling of unusually cold water to the ocean surface along the western coast of South America that often occurs following an El Niño and that disrupts typical regional and global weather patterns especially in a manner opposite to that of El Niño

Origin of LA NIÑA

Spanish, the (female) child
First Known Use: 1988


Next Word in the Dictionary: lanistaPrevious Word in the Dictionary: LaniidaeAll Words Near: La Niña
March 28, 2015
persiflage Hear it
Frivolous bantering talk
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears