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|part of speech:
||a powerful storm with heavy rains and winds that blow in a circle at 73 miles per hour or more. Hurricanes usually form in the West Indian region of the Atlantic Ocean.
A hurricane tore through the town, damaging many homes.
came into English from the Spanish word huracan
. The Spanish word came from hurakan
, which meant "an evil spirit of the sea" in the Taino language once spoken in the West Indies.