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A mountain ridge or other topographical feature which divides an airflow into distinct parts. Hence: a region in which the atmosphere behaves in a coherent way with respect to the dispersion of pollutants; the air supply of a given geographical or administrative region.
1920s; earliest use found in Geografiska Annaler. From air + shed, perhaps after German Luftscheide (although this is apparently first attested slightly later: 1926 or earlier), itself after Wasserscheide.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.