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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

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