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Harmattan definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

HARMAT'TAN, n. A dry easterly wind in Africa, which destroys vegetation.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a dusty wind from the Sahara that blows toward the western coast of Africa during the winter

Merriam Webster's

noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: from or akin to Twi haramata Date: 1671 a dust-laden wind on the Atlantic coast of Africa in some seasons

NOAA Weather Glossary

a hot, dry, and dusty northeasterly or easterly wind that occurs in WestAfrica north of the equator and is caused by the outflow of air from subtropical highpressure areas.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a parching dusty land-wind of the W. African coast occurring from December to February. Etymology: Fanti or Twi haramata

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Harmattan Har*mat"tan, n. [F. harmattan, prob. of Arabic origin.] 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.



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