la nina

la ni·ña
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [lah nee-nyah]
    • /lɑ ˈni nyɑ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [lah nee-nyah]
    • /lɑ ˈni nyɑ/

Definitions of la nina words

  • noun la nina a cool ocean current that develops off the coast of Ecuador and Peru, sometimes following an El Niño but causing nearly the opposite extreme weather conditions. 1
  • noun la nina a cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific, occurring in certain years 0
  • noun la nina periodic, significant cooling of the surface waters of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, which causes abnormal weather patterns 0

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Origin of la nina

First appearance:

before 1985
One of the 1% newest English words
1985-90; < Spanish: literally, the female child; patterned after El Niño

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la nina popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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