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typhoon

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A typhoon.

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From a merger of Cantonese 大風 (daai6 fung1), large wind) and Arabic طوفان (ţūfān), the latter from Greek τυφών (tuphōn). The spelling is in imitation of the Greek.

The similar-sounding Japanese 台風 (taifū) is unrelated.

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typhoon

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  1. A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane, which results in wind speeds of 118km/h or above. Equivalent to a cyclone in the Indian Ocean and Indonesia/Australia.

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