A wind pernicious to flowers and health. In Italy one of the
South winds was so called; its modern name is the Siroco.
(Greek, austeros, hot, dry). In England it is a damp wind,
generally bringing wet weather.
Nought but putrid streams and noisome fogs.
For ever hung on drizzly Auster's beard.
Thomson: Castle of Indolence
, ii. 78.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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