sirocco

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From Italian scirocco = the south-east wind; (from Arabic)

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sirocco (plural siroccos)

  1. A hot southerly to southeasterly wind on the Mediterranean that originates in the Sahara and adjacent North African regions.
    • 1814 George Gordon, Lord Byron Corsair, i:14
      But come, the board is spread ; our silver lamp / Is trimm'd, and heeds not the sorocco's damp.
  2. A draft of hot air from an artificial source of heat.

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  • 1896 Universal Dictionary of the English Language, vol 4 p 4286