sirocco

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noun si·roc·co \shə-ˈrä-(ˌ)kō, sə-\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of sirocco

plural

siroccos

  1. 1a :  a hot dust-laden wind from the Libyan deserts that blows on the northern Mediterranean coast chiefly in Italy, Malta, and Sicilyb :  a warm moist oppressive southeast wind in the same regions

  2. 2 :  a hot or warm wind of cyclonic origin from an arid or heated region

Origin and Etymology of sirocco

Italian scirocco, sirocco, alteration of Old Italian scilocco, from Arabic dialect (Maghreb) šlōq southeast wind, alteration of Arabic shalūq, shulūq


First Known Use: 1617


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