Sailor Speak of the Week – Zephyr

Definition

Noun

  • A gentle breeze or westerly wind.

Origin

From Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind.

Comments

An ancient term for a west wind or gentle breeze. Many people may have heard of the term zephyr but don’t know its origins or meaning.

References

King, D., Hattendorf, J.B, & Estes, J.W. (1997). A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O’Brian’s Seafaring Tales (2nd Ed.). Owl Books.

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