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La Niña

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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to manage or play awkwardly

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