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A cold north wind of the Swiss Alps and nearby regions of France and Italy.
[Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.]
(Physical Geography) a cold dry northerly wind in Switzerland and the neighbouring parts of France and Italy, usually in the spring
[C14: from Old French, of Germanic origin; compare Old Swedish bīsa whirlwind]
a cold, dry wind that blows from the north or northeast in south central Europe.See also: Wind