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dust devil

a small whirlwind 10–100 feet (3–30 meters) in diameter and from several hundred to 1000 feet (305 meters) high, common in dry regions on hot, calm afternoons and made visible by the dust, debris, and sand it picks up from the ground.
Also called dust whirl.
Origin of dust devil
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That's a 'dust devil,' and there's a half dozen more whirling in our direction.

    The Texan Star

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Far across the mesa a dust devil spun up and writhed away toward the distant hills.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs
British Dictionary definitions for dust devil

dust devil

a strong miniature whirlwind that whips up dust, litter, leaves, etc into the air
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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