Föhn

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See also: fohn, foehn, föhn, and fœhn

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Etymology[edit]

From Old High German phonno, from Vulgar Latin *faōnius, from Latin Favōnius (Favonius), a Roman wind god.

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Noun[edit]

Föhn m (genitive Föhns, plural Föhne or Föhns)

  1. (meteorology) foehn (warm wind which appears on the leeward side of mountains, for example on the northern side of the alps in south Germany)
  2. hair dryer
    Synonym: Haartrockner (formal), Heißluftdusche, Luftdusche

Usage notes[edit]

  • The normal plural is Föhne.
  • The plural Föhns is quite often heard in the vernacular.
  • Fön is a trademark that was not affected by the 1996 spelling reform, and remains in use as an alternative spelling for the hair-dryer sense only.

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