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|part of speech:
||a powerful cyclonic storm that originates in the West Indian region of the Atlantic Ocean and that has heavy rains and winds exceeding seventy-three miles, or 119 kilometers, per hour.
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.