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Egyptian Arabic خَمْسِين(ḵamsīn, fifty).

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khamsin (plural khamsins)

  1. A hot wind in Egypt which blows (for about 50 days) from the desert, bringing with it sand.
    • 1957, Lawrence Durrell, Justine, Faber 1968, p. 121:
      That second spring the khamseen was worse than I have ever known it before or since.

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