Harmattan meaning

här'mə-tăn', här-măt'n
A dry dusty wind that blows along the northwest coast of Africa.
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A dry, dusty wind that blows from the Sahara in N Africa toward the Atlantic, esp. from Nov. to March.
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Parching dust-bearing land-wind on coast of Upper Guinea in December, January & February.
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Origin of harmattan

  • Akan (Twi) haramata possibly from Arabic ḥarām evil thing from ḥarama to prohibit x̣rm in Semitic roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition