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dust devil

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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of dust devil

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called dust whirl.
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Examples from the Web for dust devil

Historical Examples

  • Perchance, for no mere erratic “dust-devil” is yonder cloud.

    Aletta

    Bertram Mitford

  • Your enemy comes upon you like a dust-devil—he appears, strikes, wins or loses, and then disappears again as suddenly as he came.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer


British Dictionary definitions for dust devil

dust devil

noun
  1. a strong miniature whirlwind that whips up dust, litter, leaves, etc into the air
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