katabatic

adjective
kat·​a·​bat·​ic | \ ˌka-tə-ˈba-tik How to pronounce katabatic (audio) \

Definition of katabatic

: relating to or being a wind produced by the flow of cold dense air down a slope (as of a mountain or glacier) in an area subject to radiational cooling

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One way to think of katabatic winds is to picture them as gargantuan cataracts of air moving over the ice sheets. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of katabatic

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for katabatic

Greek katabatos descending, verbal of katabainein to go down, from kata- cata- + bainein to go — more at come

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