- a widespread and severe windstorm that moves rapidly along a fairly straight path and is associated with bands of rapidly moving thunderstorms.
Origin of derecho
1885–90; < Spanish: straight < Old Spanish < Latin dīrēctus, dērēctus direct
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Examples from the Web for derecho
The derecho de consumo (the internal or consumption duty) is an impost averaging nearly twenty per cent.
Word Origin and History for derecho
from American Spanish derecho, from Old Spanish diestro, from Latin directus (see direct (v.)).
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