[ hur-i-keyn, huhr- or, esp. British, -kuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF hurricane
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The rain, falling in a deluge, was driven by a wind like a hurricane.

The wind swelled to a hurricane, and the rain dashed like a flood against the glass.

If the hurricane swept away our tent, I dont know where we should find it again.

It was like a hurricane of delirium rushing by and laying every head in the dust.

The hurricane, the most furious ever felt in the province, lasted three days.

Delaherche had more to say of his hurricane of shot and shell.

Jean burst like a hurricane into the Rue du Bac with the few men of his squad.

And Eben, my husband, went down with his vessel in a hurricane off Hatteras.

You're probably off on a hurricane jaunt from one end of the Continent to the other.

And am I to be honoured with a commission from the Hurricane?


1550s, a partially deformed adoptation from Spanish huracan (Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdés, "Historia General y Natural de las Indias," 1547-9), furacan (in the works of Pedro Mártir De Anghiera, chaplain to the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella and historian of Spanish explorations), from an Arawakan (W. Indies) word. In Portuguese, it became furacão. For confusion of initial -f- and -h- in Spanish, see hacienda. The word is first in English in Richard Eden's "Decades of the New World":

OED records 39 different spellings, mostly from the late 16c., including forcane, herrycano, harrycain, hurlecane. Modern form became frequent from 1650, established after 1688. Shakespeare uses hurricano ("King Lear," "Troilus and Cressida"), but in reference to waterspouts.


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