katabatic

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adjective kat·a·bat·ic \ˌka-tə-ˈba-tik\

Definition of katabatic

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of katabatic

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


First Known Use: 1918


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