April 18, 2018
monsoon (noun)
\mahn-SOON\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a periodic wind in the Indian Ocean and southern Asia2 : the rainy season that accompanies the southwest monsoon3 : rainfall that is associated with the monsoon season
How do you use it?
Scientists predicted that the phenomenon known as La Niña would not affect the monsoon and that the amount of rainfall would be normal.
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Which one of these languages do you think gave us the word "monsoon"?

"Monsoon" can be traced back to the Arabic word "mawsim," which means "time" or "season." We also get "admiral," which refers to a naval commander, from another Arabic word, "amir-al," meaning "commander of the" (sea, army, etc.). It is a curiosity of history that two such water-related words have their source in the language of people whose land is largely desert. On dry land, the names of the "gazelle," a type of antelope, and the "giraffe," both originated in Arabic, as well as those of some household and food items, such as "mattress" and "syrup."
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