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EL NINO

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does El Nino mean? 

EL NINO (noun)
  The noun EL NINO has 2 senses:

1. (oceanography) a warm ocean current that flows along the equator from the date line and south off the coast of Ecuador at Christmas time
2. the Christ child

  Familiarity information: EL NINO used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EL NINO (noun)


Sense 1El Nino [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(oceanography) a warm ocean current that flows along the equator from the date line and south off the coast of Ecuador at Christmas time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("El Nino" is a kind of...):

ocean current (the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing direction)

Domain category:

oceanography; oceanology (the branch of science dealing with physical and biological aspects of the oceans)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "El Nino"):

El Nino southern oscillation (a more intense El Nino that occurs every few years when the welling up of cold nutrient-rich water does not occur; kills plankton and fish and affects weather patterns)


Sense 2El Nino [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The Christ child

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Instance hypernyms:

Christ; Deliverer; Good Shepherd; Jesus; Jesus Christ; Jesus of Nazareth; Redeemer; Savior; Saviour; the Nazarene (a teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth; his life and sermons form the basis for Christianity (circa 4 BC - AD 29))

Domain category:

Spanish (the Romance language spoken in most of Spain and the countries colonized by Spain)


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