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1. A violent gust of cold wind blowing seaward from a mountainous coast, especially in the Straits of Magellan.
2. A sudden gust of wind; a squall.

[Origin unknown.]


1. (Physical Geography) a sudden strong gust of cold wind blowing offshore from a mountainous coast, as in the Strait of Magellan
2. a state of great turmoil
[C19: of unknown origin]


(ˈwɪl iˌwɔ)

a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.
[1835–45; orig. uncertain]
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