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Indian summer (IN-dee-uhn SUM-uhr) noun
1. A period of unseasonably warm weather in late autumn or early winter.
2. A pleasant or flourishing period toward the end of something.
[Apparently from the fact that this weather phenomenon was first noticed in areas inhabited by Native Americans (erroneously called Indians), in the US.]
A related term is Saint Martin's summer, that is Indian summer occurring in November. (from Saint Martin's Day, November 11).
"Late last September, in the thick of a glorious Indian summer in Paris, I booked a table for dinner with my friend ..." Dana Thomas; Consuming Passion; The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland); Apr 10, 2004.
"For Howley there is only a continuation of the Indian summer of a career that is now promising to be swansonged by a final sojourn with the Lions next year." James Corrigan; Howley's Audacity; Independent (London, UK); May 23, 2004.
This week's theme: toponyms or words derived from place names.
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