PRONUNCIATION: (fuh-VOH-nee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Relating to the west wind.
2. Mild; gentle; benign.

ETYMOLOGY: After Favonius (literally, favorable), the god of the west wind in Roman mythology. His Greek equivalent is Zephyr. Earliest documented use: 1656.

AVONIAN - high-priced, of dubious use, and sold by a workforce of uncertain qualifications and quality

FAV-ONION - the vegetable I prefer over all others

FAVANIAN - coming from bean country