harmattan

noun, often capitalized
har·mat·tan | \ˌhär-mə-ˈtan, här-ˈma-tᵊn\

Definition of harmattan 

: a dust-laden wind on the Atlantic coast of Africa in some seasons

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Some could not tolerate the cold harmattan winds that blow down from the Sahara. The Economist, "The grasscutter shows why it is hard to stop bushmeat hunting," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of harmattan

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harmattan

from or akin to Twi haramata

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