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La Niña

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noun La Ni·ña \lä-ˈnē-nyə, -nyä\

Definition of La Niña

plural La Niñas

  1. :  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


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