harmattan(redirected from Hamatan)
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A dry dusty wind that blows along the northwest coast of Africa.
(Physical Geography) a dry dusty wind from the Sahara blowing towards the W African coast, esp from November to March
[C17: from Twi haramata, perhaps from Arabic harām forbidden thing; see harem]
(in W Africa) a dry, parching wind, charged with dust from the Sahara, esp. frequent in the winter.
[1665–75; said to be < Twi haramata]
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|Noun||1.||harmattan - a dusty wind from the Sahara that blows toward the western coast of Africa during the winter|