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 Lev’ant and Couchant.Levant’. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lev’ant and Ponent Winds.
 
The east wind is the Lev’ant, and the west wind the Ponent. The former is from levo, to rise (sunrise), and the latter from pono, to set (sunset).   1
       
“Forth rush the Levant and the Ponent winds.”
       
Milton: Paradise Lost, x. 704.
        Levant, the region, strictly speaking, means the eastern shore of the Mediterranean; but is often applied to the whole East.
 


 Lev’ant and Couchant.Levant’. 

 
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