Etymology
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sirocco (n.)

"hot wind blowing from the Libyan deserts," 1610s, from Italian sirocco, from vulgar Arabic shoruq "the east wind," from Arabic sharqi "eastern, east wind," from sharq "east," from sharaqa "to rise" (in reference to the sun).

updated on September 18, 2012

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Definitions of sirocco from WordNet

sirocco (n.)
a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand;
Synonyms: dust storm / duster / sandstorm
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