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  • noun A cyclonic type wind that is common in Egypt and Sudan towards the end of March and April of each year. Hot weather ensues, as well as sandstorms.
  • noun According to the Turkish Calendar of Storms a storm of three days, to be expected around February 1.
  • noun An oppressive, hot, dusty, south or south-east wind occurring in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Levant, intermittently in late winter through late spring.


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The name is derived from the Egyptian Arabic خماسين (khamasīn, "fifties"), from Arabic خمسون (khamsūn, "fifty").


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  • One for those who list the winds of the world.

    February 9, 2013

  • See khamsin.

    February 9, 2013