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3/12/16

Zephyr

(ze’fər)

n. 1. Any gentle breeze or wind

2. The west wind, often personified as the god of the west wind

“Fair laughs the morn and soft the zephyr blows…” -Thomas Gray

 

In Case You’re Interested

Comes from Old English zefferus, which comes from Latin zephyrus, which comes from Greek ζέθυρος, all of which mean and are pronounced the same. Historically used for the god of the west wind, Zephyrus, or for the west wind itself, by the early 1600’s it was being used (notably by Shakespeare) as a poetic word for any light breeze or wind. There is also a light fabric called zephyr, the sort of thing you might wear in one.

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