kham·​sin kam-ˈsēn How to pronounce khamsin (audio)
: a hot southerly Egyptian wind

Examples of khamsin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dust storms and dust-bearing winds go by many names, including the haboob in Sudan to the North African khamsin and the Arabian simoom. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 26 Feb. 2015

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Word History


Arabic rīḥ al-khamsīn the wind of the fifty (days between Easter and Pentecost)

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of khamsin was in 1685

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“Khamsin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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