noun \shə-ˈrä-(ˌ)kō, sə-\
plural si·roc·cos

Definition of SIROCCO

a :  a hot dust-laden wind from the Libyan deserts that blows on the northern Mediterranean coast chiefly in Italy, Malta, and Sicily
b :  a warm moist oppressive southeast wind in the same regions
:  a hot or warm wind of cyclonic origin from an arid or heated region

Variants of SIROCCO

si·roc·co also sci·roc·co \shə-ˈrä-(ˌ)kō, sə-\

Origin of SIROCCO

Italian scirocco, sirocco, alteration of Old Italian scilocco, from Arabic dialect (Maghreb) šlōq southeast wind, alteration of Arabic shalūq, shulūq
First Known Use: 1617


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Warm, humid wind over the Mediterranean Sea and southern Europe, where it blows from the south or southeast and brings rain and fog. It is produced on the front sides of low-pressure centres that travel eastward over the southern Mediterranean. It originates over North Africa as a dry wind and picks up moisture as it crosses the Mediterranean.

Variants of SIROCCO

sirocco or scirocco


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