One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the Bible (Acts 27:14): a stormy, north-easterly wind encountered by St Paul on his journey to Rome. Hence allusively: any stormy wind or gale.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in The Bible and Holy Scriptures. From Hellenistic Greek εὐροκλύδων from ancient Greek εὖρος east wind + κλύδων wave, billow.
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