Pronunciation: (hûr'i-kān", hur'- or, esp. Brit., -kun), [key]
1. a violent, tropical, cyclonic storm of the western North Atlantic, having wind speeds of or in excess of 72 mph (32 m/sec). Cf. tropical cyclone, typhoon.
2. a storm of the most intense severity.
3. anything suggesting a violent storm.
4. (cap.) Mil.a single-seat British fighter plane of World War II, fitted with eight .303 caliber machine guns and with a top speed in excess of 300 mph (480 km/h).
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