Etesian Wind

(An). “Etesia Flabra Aquilorium, ” says Lucretius (v. 741). A wind which rises annually about the dog-days, and blows forty days together in the same direction. It is a gentle and mild wind. (Greek, annual.)

Deem not, good Porteus, that in this my song
I mean to harrow up thy humble mind,
And stay that voice in London known so long;
For balm and softness, an Etesian wind.

Peter Pindar: Nil Admiraro.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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