Pampero

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pampero A violent wind from the west or southwest, which sweeps over the pampas of South America and the adjacent seas, often doing great damage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pampero A cold and dry southwesterly wind that sweeps over the pampas of the Argentine Republic, and northeastward to the Brazilian coast, in the rear of barometric depressions. The pampero is entirely analogous in character to the thunder-squall of the northern hemisphere which accompanies the passage of cyclonic disturbances, and underruns and displaces the hot, humid air-currents that have preceded.
    • n pampero An Indian living on the pampas of South America.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pampero pam-pā′ro a violent south-west wind which sweeps over the pampas of South America.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp., fr. pampa, a plain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.,—pampa, a plain.

Usage

In literature:

We are going to have a taste of PAMPERO.
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
Instead of remaining hove-to on the pampero, Captain West had turned tail and was running before it.
"The Mutiny of the Elsinore" by Jack London
The pampero, dreaded on shore as well as at sea, blows with tremendous force across this region.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
It happened soon after a wild storm, a kind of semi-pampero, had swept over the glen with much thunder and lightning and heavy rains.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
They are known as pamperos; because, I suppose, they come from the pampas.
"Maori and Settler" by G. A. Henty
The fierce pamperos render the navigation of this estuary oftentimes precarious.
"Equatorial America" by Maturin M. Ballou
On the 30th of January, after some intensely hot and sultry weather, we experienced a very severe 'Pampero.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy
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In poetry:

If she'd been built for sinkin' she'd 'ave done it long ago;
She's tried 'er best in every sea an' all the winds that blow;
In 'urricanes at Galveston, pamperos off the Plate,
An' icy Cape 'Orn snorters which freeze you while you wait.
"The Ballad Of The Resurrection Packet" by Cicely Fox Smith