• IPA: /sɪˈɹɒkoʊ/

sirocco (plural siroccos)

  1. A hot and often strong southerly to southeasterly wind on the Mediterranean that originates in the Sahara and adjacent North African regions.
    Synonyms: ghibli (Libya)
    • 1888 Friedrich Nietzsche, ''The Antichrist 1'
      This tolerance and largeur of the heart that 'forgives' everything because it 'understands' everything, is sirocco for us.
    • 1814 George Gordon, Lord Byron Corsair, i:14
      But come, the board is spread ; our silver lamp / Is trimm'd, and heeds not the sirocco's damp.
  2. A draft of hot air from an artificial source of heat.
    • (colloquial) 2003, Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Random House, ISBN 0609608444, page 113:
      In the hearth at the north wall a large fire cracked and lisped, flushing the room with a dry sirocco that caused frozen skin to tingle.
  • French: sirocco
  • German: Scirocco, Schirokko
  • Italian: scirocco
  • Portuguese: siroco, xaroco
  • Russian: сиро́кко
  • Spanish: siroco

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