A violent storm, characterised by extreme fury and sudden changes of the wind, and generally accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning; especially prevalent in the East and West Indies. Also used figuratively. "Like the smoke in a hurricane whirl'd." (Tennyson) "Each guilty thought to me is A dreadful hurricane.

<zoology> " (Massinger) Hurricane bird See Deck.

Origin: Sp. Hurracan; orig. A Carib word signifying, a high wind.

(01 Mar 1998)

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