taifoen

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Etymology[edit]

Probably ultimately of Sinitic origin, Mandarin 大风 ‎(dàfēng, big wind), Cantonese 大風 ‎(daai6 fung1, big wind), via Arabic طوفان ‎(ṭūfān), Hindi तूफ़ान ‎(tūfān), and Persian توفان ‎(tufân). Given the location of typhoons as a Pacific Ocean phenomenon, it is more likely it began east and moved west. Ancient Greek Τυφῶν ‎(Tuphôn, Typhon, father of the winds) is unrelated but has secondarily contaminated the word.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: tai‧foen

Noun[edit]

taifoen m ‎(plural taifoens, diminutive taifoentje n)

  1. typhoon