adjective Etymology: Latin etesius, from Greek etēsios, from etos year — more at wether Date: 1601 recurring annually — used of summer winds that blow over the Mediterranean • Etesian noun

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  • Etesian — E*te sian, a. [L. etesiae, pl., periodic winds, Gr. ?, fr. ? year: cf. F. [ e]t[ e]sien.] Periodical; annual; applied to winds which annually blow from the north over the Mediterranean, esp. the eastern part, for an irregular period during July… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • etesian — [ē tē′zhən, ē tē′zē ən] adj. [L etesius < Gr etēsios < etos, year < IE base * wet > L vetus, old, Goth withrus, yearling lamb] annual: said of certain Mediterranean winds that blow from the north for several weeks every summer …   English World dictionary

  • Etesian — The etesians (Ancient Greek ετησίαι annual (winds) , sometimes found in the Latin form etesiae), meltemi μελτέμι (Greek), or meltem (Turkish) are the strong, dry north windsof the Aegean Sea, which blow from about mid May to mid September. During …   Wikipedia

  • etesian — 1. adjective /ɪˈtiːzɪən,ɪˈtiːʒən/ Pertaining to a dry north wind which blows in the eastern Mediterranean. Is it from those etesian winds, or melting of snow in the mountains under the Equator [...], or from those great dropping perpetual showers …   Wiktionary

  • etesian — e•te•sian [[t]ɪˈti ʒən[/t]] adj. 1) mer (of certain Mediterranean winds) occurring annually 2) an etesian wind • Etymology: 1595–1605; < L etēsi(ae) < Gk etēsíai (ánemoi) periodic (winds) + an I …   From formal English to slang

  • etesian — adj. Phrases and idioms: Etesian winds NW winds blowing each summer in the E. Mediterranean. Etymology: L etesius f. Gk etesios annual f. etos year …   Useful english dictionary

  • etesian — /i tee zheuhn/, adj. (of certain Mediterranean winds) occurring annually. [1595 1605; < L etesi(ae) < Gk etesíai (ánemoi) periodic (winds) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • etesian — adj. seasonal; periodic (especially pertaining to wind) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • etesian — ete·sian …   English syllables

  • etesian — /əˈtiʒən/ (say uh teezhuhn) adjective recurring annually (applied to certain Mediterranean winds). {Latin etēsi(us) (from Greek etēsios, literally, annual) + an} …   Australian English dictionary

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