levanter

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Compare French faire voile en Levant (to sail eastward), figuratively: to flee eastward, literally: set the sail with the Levant, an easterly wind that blows in the western Mediterranean Sea and southern France.

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levanter (plural levanters)

  1. An Easterly wind that blows from the Mediterranean, through the straits of Gibraltar to the Atlantic.
  2. One who levants, or absconds to avoid paying a debt.

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