I'd never have guessed this from the word itself. A single citation from Milton nearly 350 years ago and it's still not listed as obsolete, rare or anything. The etymology is a direct borrowing from Latin meaning "African". Cool word, though.
The south-west wind.
Listening to: The Academy Of Ancient Music - The Academy Of Ancient Music - 06 - Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066, I. Ouverture