Definition of khamsin in English:

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khamsin

Pronunciation: /kämˈsēn/

noun

An oppressive, hot southerly or southeasterly wind blowing in Egypt in spring.
Example sentences
  • It is subject to constant dust-laden winds variously known as sirocco, khamsin, simoom and harmattan.
  • There is also a great description of a khamsin, the sandstorm wind, and I can vouch for Sussman's accuracy, having been terrified silly by enduring such a phenomenon myself, even though I was in the comparative safety of Cairo.
  • Fierce winds - the khamsin and the ghibli - threw dust into men's faces, obscuring the battlefield.

Origin

Late 17th century: from Arabic khamsīn, from khamsūn 'fifty' (being the approximate duration in days).

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Syllabification: kham·sin

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