si·roc·co (sə-rŏkō) also sci·roc·co (shə-, sə-)
n. pl. si·roc·cos also sci·roc·cos
1. A hot humid south or southeast wind of southern Italy, Sicily, and the Mediterranean islands, originating in the Sahara Desert as a dry dusty wind but becoming moist as it passes over the Mediterranean.
2. A hot or warm southerly wind, especially one moving toward a low barometric pressure center.
[Italian scirocco, from Arabic šarq, east; see śrq in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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