ty·phoon | \tī-ˈfün \

Definition of typhoon 

1 : a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea

2 : whirlwind sense 2a a typhoon of activity

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Hurricanes, tropical cyclones and typhoons are all the same thing. Tom Cohen, Washington Post, "Ten weather facts every layperson should know, from a layperson," 11 Apr. 2018 This area is usually considered one of the safest in Japan, sheltered from typhoons and with little history of deadly earthquakes or tsunamis. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Amid Japan’s Flood Devastation, Survivors Dig Out," 9 July 2018 Landslides are a particular concern on the mountainous island, where a village was buried during a 2009 typhoon, killing about 700 people. Fox News, "Taiwan orders evacuations as season's 1st typhoon approaches," 10 July 2018 The rain began late last week as the remnants of a typhoon fed into a seasonal rainy front. NBC News, "81 people killed in torrential rains, landslides in western Japan," 8 July 2018 Satellites track typhoons, monitor volcanic-ash plumes and catalogue the changing ways in which human beings use the land. The Economist, "Submarine cables could be repurposed as earthquake detectors," 16 June 2018 There are also separate lists for typhoons in the western Pacific and tropical cyclones in Australia and the Indian Ocean. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Hurricane names Harvey, Irma and Maria officially 'retired'," 12 Apr. 2018 The same type of storms that form in the northwest Pacific, near Japan and other northern parts of far east Asia, are called typhoons. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "If it's June, it must be hurricane season ... in Arizona?," 12 June 2018 More: ‘Clear-sky’ flooding worsens across U.S. as sea levels rise, report says Overall, the study looked at tropical cyclones, which is an umbrella term that includes tropical storms, hurricanes and typhoons. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Study: Hurricanes are slowing down as climate warms, increasing flood threats," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of typhoon

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for typhoon

alteration (influenced by Chin — Guangdong — daaih-fùng, from daaih big + fùng wind) of earlier touffon, from Arabic ṭūfān hurricane, from Greek typhōn violent storm

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English Language Learners Definition of typhoon

: an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm that occurs especially in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea


ty·phoon | \tī-ˈfün \

Kids Definition of typhoon

: a tropical cyclone in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea

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