Definitions

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  • n. a strong Mediterranean wind blowing from the north-east

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cold northeast wind of the Mediterranean Sea. See levanter.

Etymologies

From Italian grecale, apparently representing a late Latin noun from Graecus ‘Greek’. (Wiktionary)

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  • "...on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the gregale had blown with such force that no fishing-boats had put out..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 10

    February 15, 2008