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Topic: NATURE

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Early Dutch monssoen, from Portuguese monçao, from Arabic mawsim 'time, season'

monsoon

noun
     
mon‧soon [countable]
1 [usually singular]DNHEM the season, from about April to October, when it rains a lot in India and other southern Asian countries
2DNHEM the heavy rain that falls during the monsoon, or the wind that brings the rain
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