One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounoften the föhn
1A hot southerly wind on the northern slopes of the Alps.
- ‘As for the foehn of yesterday there was enough ascent to condense out the humidity content and to produce a very dry, warm Föhn-storm north of the Alps.’
- ‘The Valais is sheltered by the alps and, like south east Switzerland, benefits particularly from the föhn.’
- 1.1Meteorology A warm dry southerly wind developing in the lee of any mountain range.
- ‘Foehn events occurred with above-average frequency and high diversity.’
- ‘In addition, foehn winds, warm dry winds coming off the lee slopes of a mountain range, heated the basin.’
Mid 19th century: from German, based on Latin ( ventus) Favonius ‘mild west wind’, Favonius being the Roman personification of the west or west wind.
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