Definition of harmattan in English:

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harmattan

Pronunciation: /hɑːˈmat(ə)n/

noun

A very dry, dusty easterly or north-easterly wind on the West African coast, occurring from December to February.
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 Akan haramata.

Words that rhyme with harmattan

baton, batten, fatten, flatten, Manhattan, Mountbatten, paten, patten, pattern, platen, Saturn, slattern

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