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 (rīh al-)&hlowbrev;amsīn (wind of the) 50 (days), khamsin from oblique case of &hlowbrev;amsūn fifty from &hlowbrev;ams five &hlowbrev;mš
Egyptian Arabic خمسين (khamsīn, “fifty”).