One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cold north wind blowing in Italy or the adjoining regions of the Adriatic and Mediterranean.
- ‘In the earliest charts, north is indicated by a spearhead above the letter T (for tramontana).’
- ‘Thus the tramontana blows most frequent in winter, but may occur from mid-September through April.’
- ‘The tramontana winds around the Pyrenees could easily blow the light aircraft off course, especially during the scattered storms last Friday.’
Italian, ‘north wind, Pole Star’ (see tramontane).
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