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Etymology

From Spanish huracán, ultimately from the name of the Taino storm god Juracán whom the Taínos believed dwelled on El Yunque mountain and, when he was upset, sent the strong winds and rain upon them.

Pronunciation

  • (RP) hŭ'rĭ-kən, /ˈhʌrɪkən/, /"hVrIk@n/
  • (US) hŭr'ĭ-kān" or hŭr'ə-kān", /ˈhʌrɪˌkeɪn/ or /ˈhʌrəˌkeɪn/, /"hVrI%keIn/ or /"hVr@%keIn/
  •  Audio (US)help, file

Noun

Singular
hurricane

Plural
hurricanes

hurricane (plural hurricanes)

  1. A severe tropical cyclone in the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, or in the eastern North Pacific off the west coast of Mexico, with winds of 75 miles per hour (120.7 kph) or greater accompanied by rain, lightning, and thunder that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes.
  2. (meteorology) a wind scale for quite strong wind, stronger than a storm

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