a dry, dusty wind that blows from the Sahara in N Africa toward the Atlantic, esp. from Nov. to March
Origin of harmattanSpanish harmatán ; from the native (Twi) name in western Africa
A dry dusty wind that blows along the northwest coast of Africa.
Origin of harmattanAkan (Twi) haramata, possibly from Arabic &hlowdot;ar&amacron;m, evil thing, from &hlowdot;arama, to prohibit; see &xlowdot;rm in Semitic roots.
- Parching dust-bearing land-wind on coast of Upper Guinea in December, January & February.