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KHAMSIN (Arabic for " fifty ")

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 771 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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KHAMSIN (Arabic for " fifty "), a hot oppressive wind arising in the Sahara. It blows in Egypt at intervals for about fifty days during March, April and May, and fills the air with sand. In Guinea the wind from the Sahara is known as harmattan (q.v.).
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