Definitions

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  • n. a summer drought followed by a severe winter, generally causing serious loss of livestock

Etymologies

From Mongolian зуд (zud). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Local residents call it a "dzud" - a severe winter following a very dry summer, which has left reserves of fodder low.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • The southern province of Dundgobi is going through a "dzud" -- a summer drought followed by abnormally low temperatures and heavy snow.

    Latest News - UPI.com

  • The direct cause of a dzud is a combination of damaging natural hazards, including severe widespread drought in summer, unusually cold temperatures in autumn and winter and subsequent, heavy snowfall.

    ReliefWeb - Headlines

  • In Mongolia a dzud is a disaster on a similar scale. ''

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  • The winter conditions, known as a dzud with temperatures plunging as low as -50 degrees Celsius and now hovering around -40, are likely to continue beyond April.

    Spero News

  • The impoverished landlocked nation is currently grappling with a severe winter after a dry summer, a combination known locally as "dzud" that has led to extreme cold and food shortages for the livestock that many depend upon for survival.

    Bangkokpost.com : Breaking News

  • The last major "dzud" occurred over three straight winters at the beginning of the 2000s, and tens of thousands of herders who lost everything moved to the capital Ulan Bator in search of work.

    Bangkokpost.com : Breaking News

  • The impoverished landlocked nation is grappling with a severe winter after a dry summer, a phenomenon known as a "dzud" that has led to extreme cold and food shortages for the livestock that many depend upon for survival.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News

  • The last major "dzud" occurred over three straight winters from 2000 to 2002, and tens of thousands of herders who lost everything moved to the capital Ulan Bator in search of work.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News

  • The IFRC said the winter disaster, or "dzud" in Mongolian, was "still unfolding as the cold and lack of food claims many newborn animals." "

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

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  • Dzud, where's my fodder? (Mudder is in the yurt, which is getting muddier and muddier)

    February 27, 2010

  • "Mongolians use the term dzud for the combination of summer drought and severe winter that has hardened snow and ice into an impenetrable layer and makes it impossible for livestock to feed."
    - Calum MacLeod, Winter in Mongolia is 'an unfolding disaster', usatoday.com, cited 27 Feb 2010.

    February 27, 2010