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Dust Bowl

the region in the S central U.S. that suffered from dust storms in the 1930s.
(lowercase) any similar dry region elsewhere.
Origin of Dust Bowl
An Americanism dating back to 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Dramatic picturization of the forces of nature operating in what droughts of the 1930's caused to be called "the Dust Bowl."

  • During the Dust Bowl period, millions of people were forced to abandon their farms and livelihoods.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • The people from the Dust Bowl, as the district is called, had to migrate, or starve.

    Across the Fruited Plain

    Florence Crannell Means
British Dictionary definitions for Dust Bowl

dust bowl

a semiarid area in which the surface soil is exposed to wind erosion and dust storms occur

Dust Bowl

the Dust Bowl, the area of the south central US that became denuded of topsoil by wind erosion during the droughts of the mid-1930s
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Dust Bowl

dust bowl

also dustbowl, "drought-plagued region of the U.S. Midwest," first recorded 1936.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Dust Bowl in Culture

Dust Bowl definition

A parched region of the Great Plains, including parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas, where a combination of drought and soil erosion created enormous dust storms in the 1930s. The novel The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, describes the plight of the “Okies” and “Arkies” uprooted by the drought and forced to migrate to California.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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