Hur"ri*cane (?), n. [Sp. hurracan; orig. a Carib word signifying, a high wind.]

A violent storm, characterized 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. Massinger.

Hurricane bird Zool., the frigate bird. -- Hurricane deck. Naut. See under Deck.


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