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A generally southerly hot wind originating in the Sahara that blows across Egypt from late March to early May.

[Arabic (rīḥ al-)ḫamsīn, (wind of the) 50 (days), khamsin, from oblique case of ḫamsūn, fifty, from ḫams, five; see ḫmš in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈkæmsɪn; kæmˈsiːn) ,




(Physical Geography) a hot southerly wind blowing from about March to May, esp in Egypt
[C17: from Arabic, literally: fifty]
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(kæmˈsin, ˈkæm sɪn)

a hot southerly wind that blows regularly in Egypt and over the Red Sea for about 50 days, commencing about the middle of March.
[1675–85; < Arabic khamsīn literally, fifty]
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Noun1.khamsin - an oppressively hot southerly wind from the Sahara that blows across Egypt in the spring
air current, current of air, wind - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"
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