La NinaLa Ni·ña
A cooling of the ocean surface off the western coast of South America, occurring periodically every 4 to 12 years and affecting Pacific and other weather patterns.
Origin of La NinaAmerican Spanish, the girl (to distinguish it from El Niño) : Spanish la, the (from Latin illa, feminine of ille; see al-1 in Indo-European roots) + niña, daughter (from Old Spanish ninna, from Vulgar Latin *n&imacron;nna).
- Nonstandard spelling of La NiÃ±a.
- Alternative spelling of La NiÃ±a.
- The Spanish spelling La NiÃ±a is more common in English and commonly considered more correct.