hurricane

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Hurricane Dennis seen from space in 2005.

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Borrowed from Spanish huracán, ultimately from Taino juracán.

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hurricane (plural hurricanes)

  1. A severe tropical cyclone in the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, or in the eastern North Pacific off the west coast of Mexico, with winds of 119 km/h (74 miles per hour) or greater accompanied by rain, lightning, and thunder that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes.
    • 2013 March 1, Frank Fish, George Lauder, “Not Just Going with the Flow”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 2, page 114:
      An extreme version of vorticity is a vortex. The vortex is a spinning, cyclonic mass of fluid, which can be observed in the rotation of water going down a drain, as well as in smoke rings, tornados and hurricanes.
  2. (meteorology) a wind scale for quite strong wind, stronger than a storm
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Coined by Jeret Peterson.

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hurricane (plural hurricanes)

  1. (sports, aerial freestyle skiing) "fulltriple-fullfull" – an acrobatic maneuver consisting of three flips and five twists, with one twist on the first flip, three twists on the second flip, one twist on the third flip
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