etesian

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin etesius (annual), from Ancient Greek ἐτήσιος (etḗsios, annual), from ἔτος (étos, year).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈtiːzɪən/, /ɪˈtiːʒən/

Adjective[edit]

etesian (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to a dry north wind which blows in the eastern Mediterranean.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.ii.3:
      Is it from those etesian winds, or melting of snow in the mountains under the Equator […], or from those great dropping perpetual showers […]?
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      Dixon, assailed without mercy by his Sensorium, almost in a swoon, finds himself, on Nights of Cloud, less and less able to forgo emerging at dusk, cloaked against the Etesian wind, and making directly for the prohibited parts of town.

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Noun[edit]

etesian (plural etesians)

  1. A dry north wind which blows in the eastern Mediterranean.

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