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derecho

[duh-rey-choh]
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noun, plural de·re·chos.
  1. a widespread and severe windstorm that moves rapidly along a fairly straight path and is associated with bands of rapidly moving thunderstorms.
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Origin of derecho

1885–90; < Spanish: straight < Old Spanish < Latin dīrēctus, dērēctus direct
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Historical Examples

  • The derecho de consumo (the internal or consumption duty) is an impost averaging nearly twenty per cent.

    Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XX

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Word Origin and History for derecho

n.

from American Spanish derecho, from Old Spanish diestro, from Latin directus (see direct (v.)).

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