American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dry dusty wind that blows along the northwest coast of Africa.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An intensely dry land-wind felt on the coast of Africa between Cape Verd and Cape Lopez. It prevails at intervals during December, January, and February, and is charged with a thick dust which obscures the sun; it withers vegetation and dries up the skin of the human body. During the prevalence of the harmattan the middle of the day is characterized by great heat, while the nights are unusually cool. Also spelled
- n. Parching dust-bearing land-wind on coast of Upper Guinea in December, January & February.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dry, hot wind, prevailing on the Atlantic coast of Africa, in December, January, and February, blowing from the interior or Sahara. It is usually accompanied by a haze which obscures the sun.
- n. a dusty wind from the Sahara that blows toward the western coast of Africa during the winter
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- Akan (Twi) haramata, possibly from Arabic ḥarām, evil thing, from ḥarama, to prohibit; see ḥrm in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The harmattan, which is caused by shifting weather patterns, derives its name from the word for 'tears your breath apart' in the West African language Twi...”
“As if to presage that there is a new dawn in the world, with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the strong winds coming from the Sub-Sahara have manifested themselves in the form of what Ghana typically knows as the harmattan season.”
“During the dry season, a strong wind called the harmattan blows from the Sahara across West Africa.”
“After leaving the city and its suburbs and crossing the point of the cape to Simon Town, where is located the naval station and a more secure anchorage, one passes over deserts of sand over which a wind called the "harmattan" blows with great force and fury, obliging one to veil the face to protect the eyes from the refraction of the sun's rays as well as the sand.”
“Am I the only one that had to look up the definition of “harmattan”?”
“But now the thunderstorm scrubs the air clear of any lingering harmattan grime leaving a sparkling blue sky with white puffy clouds and an astonishingly green and vibrant landscape whose existence I had almost forgotten about under the dust.”
“The downpour wipes away the layer of dust plastered on everything by the dry harmattan winds that blown down from the parched Sahel during the peak of the dry season.”
“The south end of the range experiences the southwesterly monsoon from the ocean and the north end dry northeasterly harmattan winds from the desert.”
“It was a very African lesson for The Visitor to learn that winter, as the arid harmattan winds blowing south from the Sahara pushed the wet monsoon out into the sea.”
“Natural Hazards: dry, sand-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to February); sandstorms, dust storms”
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