foehn

noun
\ ˈfərn How to pronounce foehn (audio) , ˈfən, ˈfœn How to pronounce foehn (audio) , ˈfān How to pronounce foehn (audio) \
variants: or föhn

Definition of foehn

: a warm dry wind blowing down the side of a mountain

First Known Use of foehn

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for foehn

German Föhn

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“Foehn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foehn?utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=wotd&utm_content=quiz. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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