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noun, si·roc·co \shə-ˈrä-(ˌ)kō, sə-\

Definition of sirocco

plural siroccos

  1. 1a :  a hot dust-laden wind from the Libyan deserts that blows on the northern Mediterranean coast chiefly in Italy, Malta, and Sicilyb :  a warm moist oppressive southeast wind in the same regions

  2. 2 :  a hot or warm wind of cyclonic origin from an arid or heated region

Variants of sirocco

also scirocco \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

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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