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dust storm

or duststorm

a storm of strong winds and dust-filled air over an extensive area during a period of drought over normally arable land (distinguished from sandstorm).
Also called duster.
Origin of dust storm
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When it reaches the ground, the air is deflected forward and sweeps up surface debris in its turbulence as a dust storm.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • Barry's grandfather had perished in a dust storm in the Sahara.

  • "And the terrible thunder storm, and the bursting reservoir, and the dust storm in the bad lands," continued the girl.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • Snow-drifts are mild visitations of Providence compared with a dust storm or whirlwind.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • Moreover the yellow haze round the sun and the pillars of sand that span about the wady indicated a dust storm not far off.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • On the 27th there was a very unpleasant wind and dust storm which lasted for hours.

  • And the dust storm he kicked up behind—he hoped Mary V got her eyes full, darn her!

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • Have you ever been in a dust storm or have you read of caravans caught in such storms in the Sahara Desert?

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • Yacoot had followed them for some miles, but eventually lost them in the dust storm.

    A Noble Queen (Volume I of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • Besides suffering from a dust storm, Kansas was stricken by floods due to heavy rain in some parts of the state.

British Dictionary definitions for dust storm

dust storm

a windstorm that whips up clouds of dust
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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