One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hot, dry southerly wind of North Africa.
- ‘Fierce winds - the khamsin and the ghibli - threw dust into men's faces, obscuring the battlefield.’
- ‘Spring and summer can bring the hot, dusty sirocco wind from the Sahara to Malta, Italy and Greece, while France sometimes gets the strong mistral, and the ghibli blows across from north-west Africa towards Spain.’
Early 19th century: from Arabic qiblī ‘southern’.
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