from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hot humid south or southeast wind of southern Italy, Sicily, and the Mediterranean islands, originating in the Sahara Desert as a dry dusty wind but becoming moist as it passes over the Mediterranean.
- n. A hot or warm southerly wind, especially one moving toward a low barometric pressure center.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hot southerly to southeasterly wind on the Mediterranean that originates in the Sahara and adjacent North African regions.
- n. A draft of hot air from an artificial source of heat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An oppressive, relaxing wind from the Libyan deserts, chiefly experienced in Italy, Malta, and Sicily.
- n. In general, any hot dry wind of cyclonic origin, blowing from arid or heated regions, including the desert wind of Southern California, the harmattan of the west coasts of Africa, the hot winds of Kansas and Texas, the kamsin of Egypt, the leste of the Madeira Islands, and the leveche of Spain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Italian name for a southeast wind.
- n. A name for a special drying apparatus using a heated blast of air derived from a fan, and blowing over the material to be dried, as fruit, or tea-leaves.
- n. A trade-name for a form of fan-blower.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand
Italian, from Arabic šarq, east; see śrq in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian scirocco = the south-east wind; (from Arabic) (Wiktionary)