Monsoon
Monsoon Mon*soon", n. [Malay m[=u]sim, fr. Ar. mausim a time, season: cf. F. monson, mousson, Sr. monzon, Pg. mon[,c][~a]o, It. monsone.] A wind blowing part of the year from one direction, alternating with a wind from the opposite direction; -- a term applied particularly to periodical winds of the Indian Ocean, which blow from the southwest from the latter part of May to the middle of September, and from the northeast from about the middle of October to the middle of December. [1913 Webster]

2. A heavy rainfall in India associated with the southwest monsoon[1]. [PJC]

3. The season in which the monsoon[2] occurs. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • monsoon — monsoonal, adj. /mon soohn /, n. 1. the seasonal wind of the Indian Ocean and southern Asia, blowing from the southwest in summer and from the northeast in winter. 2. (in India and nearby lands) the season during which the southwest monsoon blows …   Universalium

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