Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strong cold southwest wind that blows across the Pampas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A violent wind from the west or southwest, which sweeps over the pampas of South America and the adjacent seas, often doing great damage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A violent wind from the west or southwest, which sweeps over the pampas of South America and the adjacent seas, often doing great damage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cold and dry southwesterly wind that sweeps over the pampas of the Argentine Republic, and northeastward to the Brazilian coast, in the rear of barometric depressions.
  • n. An Indian living on the pampas of South America.

Etymologies

American Spanish, from pampa, pampa; see pampa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish, from pampa a plain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Natural Hazards: Seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind that blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts.

    Uruguay

  • Uruguayseasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind that blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts

    Natural hazards

  • Natural hazards: seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind that blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts

    Uruguay

  • Uruguay seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind which blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts

    The 2005 CIA World Factbook

  • Natural hazards: seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind which blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts

    The 2005 CIA World Factbook

  • Uruguay seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind that blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts

    The 2007 CIA World Factbook

  • Brazil; water pollution from meat packing/tannery industry; inadequate solid/hazardous waste disposal natural hazards: seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind which blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in weather fronts international agreements: party to - Antarctic-Environmental

    The 1996 CIA Factbook

  • Natural hazards: seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind which blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in weather fronts

    The 2001 CIA World Factbook

  • Uruguay: seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind which blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in weather fronts

    The 2001 CIA World Factbook

  • Brazil; water pollution from meat packing/tannery industry; inadequate solid/hazardous waste disposal natural hazards: seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind which blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in weather fronts international agreements: party to - Antarctic-Environmental Protocol,

    The 1995 CIA World Factbook

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  • We met with nothing remarkable until we were in the latitude of the river La Plata. Here there are violent gales from the southwest, called Pamperos, which are very destructive to the shipping in the river, and are felt for many leagues at sea. They are usually preceded by lightning...

    - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast, ch. 4

    September 6, 2008