What does the word typhoon mean?

Usage examples for typhoon

  1. The typhoon had embraced a diameter of about two leagues, and, like a violent hurricane, had upset and shattered everything it met during its course. – Adventures in the Philippine Islands by Paul P. de La Gironi√®re
  2. The age- seasoned frame houses there huddled close enough for the hot contagion to sweep them with typhoon speed and they went up in spurts like pitch barrels. – A Pagan of the Hills by Charles Neville Buck