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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring annually. Used of the prevailing northerly summer winds of the Mediterranean.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a dry north wind which blows in the eastern Mediterranean.
  • n. A dry north wind which blows in the eastern Mediterranean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Periodical; annual; -- applied to winds which annually blow from the north over the Mediterranean, esp. the eastern part, for an irregular period during July and August.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Recurring every year; occurring at stated times of the year; periodical.

Etymologies

From Latin etēsius, from Greek etēsios, from etos, year; see wet-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin etesius ("annual"), from Ancient Greek ἐτήσιος (etēsios, "annual"), from ἔτος (etos, "year"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Etymology according to A.W.A.D.: "The word refers to the annual summer winds of the Mediterranean. It's derived from Latin etesius, from Greek etesios, from etos (year). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wet- (year) that is also the source of such words as veteran, veal (in the sense of yearling), and veterinary (relating to the beasts of burden, perhaps alluding to old cattle), inveterate, wether, and bellwether."

    January 8, 2009

  • etesian a periodic, seasonal word

    January 17, 2007