- a hot, steady, oppressive wind blowing from the Libyan deserts across the Mediterranean into S Europe, often bringing dust and sometimes accompanied by rain
- any hot, oppressive wind, esp. one blowing toward a center of low barometric pressure
Origin of siroccoItalian ; from Arabic sharq, the east ; from sharaqa, to rise (of the sun)
nounpl. si·roc·cos also sci·roc·cos
- A hot humid south or southeast wind of southern Italy, Sicily, and the Mediterranean islands, originating in the Sahara Desert as a dry dusty wind but becoming moist as it passes over the Mediterranean.
- A hot or warm southerly wind, especially one moving toward a low barometric pressure center.
Origin of siroccoItalian scirocco, from Arabic šarq, east; see śrq in Semitic roots.