One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for meltemi
- ‘Herodotus, among other ancients, says that the Etesian wind is not the source of the Nile's flood, noting that the wind fails in some years and in other years does not coincide with the inundations.’
- ‘Here the winters are the mildest in the country and the summer heat is tempered by sea breezes and the persistent etesian wind.’
Early 17th century: Etesian from Latin etesius ‘annual’ (from Greek etēsios, from etos ‘year’) + -an.
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