Friday, December 16, 2011

English words from the Classical Myths: Typhoon

According to the Oxford Dictionary typhoon is "a tropical storm in the region of the Indian or western Pacific oceans".
According to the Etymology Dictionary, the word typhoon comes from the name of the Greek god of whirlwind, typhon. "He was a monstrous immortal storm-giant who was defeated and imprisoned by Zeus ion the pit of tartaros He was the source of devastating storm winds which issued forth from that dark nether realm.
He was so huge that his head was said to brush the starts. He appeared man-shaped down to the things, with two coiled vipers in place of legs. Attached to his hands in place of fingers were a hundred serpent heads, fifty per hand. He was winged, with dirty matted hair and beard, pointed ears, and eyes flashing fire" in words of Theoi Encyclopedia.
Other word referring to typhoon are typhoeus and typhonic. We can see the use of the word typhoon in this article.


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