Adjective "harmattan" definition and examples

(Harmattan may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/hɑːˈmat(ə)n/

Definitions and examples

noun

A very dry, dusty easterly or north-easterly wind on the West African coast, occurring from December to February.
  1. 'The savanna lands (grassy plains) of the northern regions face harmattan (dust-laden) winds for four months each year.'
  2. 'It is subject to constant dust-laden winds variously known as sirocco, khamsin, simoom and harmattan.'

More definitions

1. (on the west coast of Africa) a dry, parching land breeze, charged with dust.

More examples(as adjective)

"winds can be harmattan."

"weathers can be harmattan."

"conditions can be harmattan."

"wells can be harmattan."

Origin

Late 17th century: from Akan haramata.