Besides being the name of Babar's monkey friend in the much-beloved picture books about the elephant Babar, a zephyr is a gentle breeze.

In Greek mythology, Zephuros was the god of the west wind, and the bringer of light and early spring breezes. Zephyr derives from his name. That first day of spring, where suddenly you don't have to wear your jacket to school for the first time all winter? Thank the zephyr for that.

Definitions of zephyr

n a slight wind (usually refreshing)

air, breeze, gentle wind
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sea breeze
a cooling breeze from the sea (during the daytime)
a slight movement of the air
light air
wind moving 1-3 knots; 1 on the Beaufort scale
light breeze
wind moving 4-7 knots; 2 on the Beaufort scale
gentle breeze
wind moving 8-12 knots; 3 on the Beaufort scale
moderate breeze
wind moving 13-18 knots; 4 on the Beaufort scale
fresh breeze
wind moving 19-24 knots; 5 on the Beaufort scale
strong breeze
wind moving 25-31 knots; 6 on the Beaufort scale
Type of:
air current, current of air, wind
air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure

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