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Meaning of El Niño

El Ni•ño

Pronunciation: (el nēn'yō Sp. el nē'nyô), [key]
  1. a warm ocean current of variable intensity that develops after late December along the coast of Ecuador and Peru and sometimes causes catastrophic weather conditions.
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