Definition of shamal in English:


Syllabification: sha·mal
Pronunciation: /SHəˈmäl


  • A hot, dry northwesterly wind blowing across the Persian Gulf in summer, typically causing sandstorms.
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    • In the midwinter and early summer, the shamal - a north wind carrying sand and dust - blows fiercely.
    • A shamal had formed in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley in southern Iraq and was moving south.
    • My scenario wasn't sorcery, but the work of weather tables (avoid the shamals), as well as a logistics estimate on the time required to field an overwhelming U.S. combat force.


late 17th century: from Arabic šamāl 'north (wind)'.

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