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desert devil

[ dez-ert dev-uhl ]
/ ˈdɛz ərt ˌdɛv əl /
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noun Meteorology.
a dust whirl that occurs in a desert: I got some great shots of a blooming cactus before spotting this desert devil on what seemed to be a windless day.
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Also called sand au·ger [sand-aw-ger], /ˈsænd ˌɔ gər/, sand dev·il [sand-dev-uhl] /ˈsænd ˌdɛv əl/ .

Origin of desert devil

First recorded in 1910–15
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