from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A generally southerly hot wind from the Sahara that blows across Egypt from late March to early May.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hot wind in Egypt which blows (for about 50 days) from the desert, bringing with it sand.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as kamsin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hot southeast wind that blows regularly in Egypt for about fifty days, commencing about the middle of March.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an oppressively hot southerly wind from the Sahara that blows across Egypt in the spring
Arabic (rīḥ al-)ḫamsīn, (wind of the) 50 (days), khamsin, from oblique case of ḫamsūn, fifty, from ḫams, five; see ḫmš in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Egyptian Arabic خمسين (khamsīn, "fifty"). (Wiktionary)