American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A violent gust of cold wind blowing seaward from a mountainous coast, especially in the Straits of Magellan.
- n. A sudden gust of wind; a squall.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden, violent squall of wind. Also spelled willywaw.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A whirlwind, or whirlwind squall, encountered in the Straits of Magellan.
- Unknown (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The "williwaw," sometimes called the "wooley," is one of the great terrors of Fuegian inland waters.”
“According to Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, a williwaw is a “violent gust of cold land air, common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes.””
“Over a cocktail the admiral called a “williwaw,” the two left work behind and discussed personal matters.4”
“The ocean was peculiarly calm, cloaked in an uneasy, expectant hush Rogov had come to associate with the quiet before a williwaw.”
“Gusting williwaw winds were already pounding the thin shelters, screaming through every tiny crack between the two sections mated to form a fragile barrier against the environment.”
“On the afternoon of the tenth day on the island the sky clouded up and Mr. Gibney predicted a williwaw.”
“Right as a trivet! but -- have you ever heard of a williwaw, Peggy?”
“A full-blown williwaw will throw a ship, even without sail on, over on her beam ends; but, like other gales, they cease now and then, if only for a short time.”
“But it was interesting to see, as I let go the anchor, that it did not reach the bottom before another williwaw struck down from this mountain and carried the sloop off faster than I could pay out cable.”
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