foehn

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See also: föhn, Föhn, and fœhn

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from German Föhn, from Old High German phonno, from Vulgar Latin faōnius, an alteration of Latin favōnius ("west wind"), from Favōnius, a Roman wind god.

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Noun[edit]

foehn (plural foehns)

  1. A warm dry wind blowing down the north sides of the Alps, especially in Switzerland.
    • 1971, WW Kibler, translating Gian Fontana, ‘The Mayor of Valdei’, in Bezzola (ed.), The Curly-Horned Cow, Peter Owen 1971, p. 71:
      The foehn and the sun must have awakened the spirits of spring way up in the heights.
  2. (meteorology) A similar katabatic wind developing on the lee side of a mountain.

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References[edit]

  • foehn” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from German Föhn.

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Noun[edit]

foehn m (plural foehns)

  1. (meteorology) foehn
  2. (Switzerland, Alsatian) hair-dryer

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