El Nino Definition
A warm inshore current annually flowing south along the coast of Ecuador and, about every seven to ten years, extending down the coast of Peru, where it has a devastating effect (El Niño Effect) on weather, crops, fish, etc.
Webster's New World
A variant, less correct, spelling of El Niño.
Other Word Forms of El Nino
Origin of El Nino
American Spanish (originally used by fisherman in Ecuador and Peru as a name for the warm ocean current typically appearing around Christmastime in El Niño years) from Spanish the Christ child el the (from Latin ille al-1 in Indo-European roots) niño child (from Old Spanish ninno) (from Vulgar Latin nīnnus)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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