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typhoon (tye-FOON) noun

A tropical cyclone in the northwest Pacific Ocean west of the International Date Line.

[From Cantonese toi fung, from Mandarin tai (great) + feng (wind) by influence of other terms (Greek typhon, Arabic/Urdu/Hindi tufan, et al.)]

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