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hur·ri·cane

hurricane

 
 
pronunciation:
huh rih keIn
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part of speech: noun
definition: 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.
 
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Hurricane 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.
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