harmattan

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An intensely dry land-wind felt on the coast of Africa between Cape Verd and Cape Lopez. It prevails at intervals during December, January, and February, and is charged with a thick dust which obscures the sun; it withers vegetation and dries up the skin of the human body. During the prevalence of the harmattan the middle of the day is characterized by great heat, while the nights are unusually cool.

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This word may come from the Arabic ‘ḥaram,’ evil thing.

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