harmattan

noun

har·​mat·​tan ˌhär-mə-ˈtan How to pronounce harmattan (audio)
här-ˈma-tᵊn
often capitalized
: a dust-laden wind on the Atlantic coast of Africa in some seasons

Examples of harmattan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some could not tolerate the cold harmattan winds that blow down from the Sahara. The Economist, 31 Aug. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

from or akin to Twi haramata

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of harmattan was in 1671

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“Harmattan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmattan. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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