a hot south wind from the Sahara that blows in the Near East, esp. Egypt, from late March until early May
Origin of khamsinArabic khams?n ; from khams?n, fifty: so named for the fifty days the wind blows
A generally southerly hot wind originating in the Sahara that blows across Egypt from late March to early May.
Origin of khamsinArabic (r&imacron;&hlowdot; al-)&hlowbrev;ams&imacron;n, (wind of the) 50 (days), khamsin, from oblique case of &hlowbrev;ams&umacron;n, fifty, from &hlowbrev;ams, five; see &hlowbrev;mš in Semitic roots.
Egyptian Arabic خمسين (khamsīn, “fifty”).