harmattan harmattan  /ˌhɑr mə ˈtæn/


  • (n) a dusty wind from the Sahara that blows toward the western coast of Africa during the winter


  1. Hot winds off the Sahara, known as harmattan, pick up so much dust and sand that the sky becomes hazy and visibility is drastically reduced.
  2. Heat, dust, fever, mosquitoes, mud towns, mangy camels, the hot ever-blowing harmattan, absinthe, loneliness, monotony, forced marches through the desert sand, Africa, loneliness.
  3. No, suggested the mobs that swept down the labyrinthine alleys of Casablanca with the violence of the harmattan, Morocco's fierce desert wind.


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  • "This rally is a wake-up call from our long harmattan sleep to the spring of popular participation and good governance," Soyinka said.
    on Jan 12, 2010 By: Wole Soyinka Source: BusinessDay

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