from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hot, dry, dusty wind of southern or central Australia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Orig., at Sydney, a cold and violent south or southwest wind, rising suddenly, and regularly preceded by a hot wind from the north; -- now usually called southerly buster. It blew across the Brickfields, formerly so called, a district of Sydney, and carried clouds of dust into the city.
- n. By confusion, a midsummer hot wind from the north.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hot north wind prevalent in southern Australia.
From the location name Brickfield Hill, after the hill in Surry Hills (now in inner Sydney) from the direction of which a hot wind blew into Sydney in its early days. The term spread to Melbourne by circa 1850, and to central Australia by circa 1900, then to Western Australia. (Wiktionary)