ven·​da·​val | \ ˌvendəˈval, -väl \
plural -s

Definition of vendaval

1 : a gusty southwest wind occurring chiefly in winter about the strait of Gibraltar
2 : an autumnal thundersquall on the coast of Mexico

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History and Etymology for vendaval

Spanish, from French vent d' aval westerly wind, literally, downstream wind, from vent wind (from Latin ventus) + d' of (contraction of de, from Latin) + aval downstream, downward

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“Vendaval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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