Definition of föhn in English:


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Pronunciation: /fəːn
(also foehn)


(often the föhn)
  • 1A hot southerly wind on the northern slopes of the Alps.
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    • The Valais is sheltered by the alps and, like south east Switzerland, benefits particularly from the föhn.
    • As for the foehn of yesterday there was enough ascent to condense out the humidity content and to produce a very dry, warm Föhn-storm north of the Alps.
  • 1.1 (also föhn wind) Meteorology A warm dry southerly wind developing in the lee of any mountain range.
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    • In addition, foehn winds, warm dry winds coming off the lee slopes of a mountain range, heated the basin.
    • Foehn events occurred with above-average frequency and high diversity.


mid 19th century: from German, based on Latin (ventus) Favonius 'mild west wind', Favonius being the Roman personification of the west or west wind.

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