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1A wind blowing from the north.
2Mah-jong. Usually with capital initials. Any one of the four tiles representing this wind. Also: the player who draws such a tile at the outset of a game, or who succeeds to this designation at a later stage.
Old English; earliest use found in Cleopatra Glossary. From the uninflected (originally adverb) stem of north + wind. Compare Middle Dutch nortwint (Dutch noordwind), Middle Low German nōrtwint, Old High German nordwint (Middle High German nortwint, German Nordwind).
north wind/ˌnɔːθ ˈwɪnd/
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