ty·​phoon | \ tī-ˈfün How to pronounce typhoon (audio) \

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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The remnants of a pair of deadly typhoons will bring strong winds and rain to much of southern Alaska from Wednesday through Friday morning, meteorologists say. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Remnants of two typhoons will bring wind and rain to Southcentral Alaska," 11 Sep. 2019 Acute natural disasters such as floods and typhoons have shattered villages in Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 One of the most powerful typhoons to hit the Korean Peninsula left five people dead and three injured in North Korea, state media reported, in the first public announcement of casualties since the storm made landfall in the country a day earlier. Washington Post, "World Digest: Sept. 8, 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 Its experts were on hand after Mozambique’s deadly 2019 typhoon in which over 1,000 people died. Ahmad Samarji, The Conversation, "Humanitarian forensic scientists trace the missing, identify the dead and comfort the living," 28 Aug. 2019 Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are different names for the same type of rapidly rotating tropical system. Los Angeles Times, "Could a hurricane lash Los Angeles? 80 years ago, this deadly storm came close," 22 Aug. 2019 So why is Lekima called a super typhoon and not a hurricane? National Geographic, "Super Typhoon, Hurricane: What's the Difference?," 8 Aug. 2019 But the story actually begins long before that — when Oviedo friends wanted to help far-off people affected by a typhoon — and culminates in a mixture of creativity and altruism that united a community. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "New musical ‘Bold’ is theater with a purpose: Helping foster children," 6 Aug. 2019 At first, the weather didn’t cooperate due to a strong typhoon that hit Japan on Thursday, August 15. Rob Schwartz, Billboard, "Recap: Summer Sonic Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Gala Fest," 19 Aug. 2019

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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


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Kids Definition of typhoon

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

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