Definition of harmattan in English:

harmattan

Syllabification: har·mat·tan
Pronunciation: /ˌhärməˈtän
 
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noun

A dry, dusty easterly or northeasterly wind on the West African coast, occurring from December to February.
More example sentences
  • It is subject to constant dust-laden winds variously known as sirocco, khamsin, simoom and harmattan.
  • The savanna lands (grassy plains) of the northern regions face harmattan (dust-laden) winds for four months each year.
  • During the harmattan, a cool, dusty wind from the Sahara grays the skies.

Origin

late 17th century: from Twi haramata.

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