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    khamsin - der Kamsin / der Chamsin

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    khamsin meteo. - der Kamsin / der Chamsin

    Duden, Das große Fremdwörterbuch:
    Kamsin u. Chamsin der; [..] <aus arab. hamsīn "(Wind von) fünfzig (Tagen)"> : trockenheißer Sandwind in der ägyptischen Wüste (Meteor.)' vgl. Gibli u. Schirokko

    Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache:
    Kam|sin [m. 1] → Chamsin
    Cham|sin [kam– auch xam– m. 1; in Ägypten und Arabien] heißer Wüstenwind mit driftendem Sand und Staub; <auch> Kamsin [arab., ”fünfzig“, da er in den 50 Tagen nach der Frühlings–Tagundnachtgleiche weht]
    Main Entry: kham·sin
    Variant(s): also kham·seen or cham·sin
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Arabic (rīh al-) khamsīn the wind of the fifty (days between Easter and Pentecost)
    : a hot southerly Egyptian wind coming from the Sahara usually in the spring and often carrying fine particles of sand <the khamsin ... has been known to take paint off cars and force fine sand into camera shutters -- G.E.Edgerton> -- compare SIROCCO
    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.
    SYLLABICATION: kham·sin
    NOUN: A generally southerly hot wind from the Sahara that blows across Egypt from late March to early May.
    ETYMOLOGY: Arabic (rīh al-)hamsīn, (wind of the) 50 (days), khamsin, from oblique case of hamsūn, fifty, from hams, five.
    AuthorNorbert Juffa17 Dec 05, 20:45
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