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dust whirl

[ duhst-hwurl, wurl ]
/ ˈdʌst ˌʰwɜrl, ˌwɜrl /
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noun Meteorology.
a whirlwind that forms over a dry and dusty area, picking up dust, sand, leaves, and debris: a dust whirl can be as minor as a very small eddy that circulates dried leaves by the side of the road or as vigorous as a dust devil, and occasionally can be the first visible sign of an imminent tornado: Mama taught us to respect the omens of ill weather and never to trust the innocence of a little dust whirl.
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Origin of dust whirl

First recorded in 1885–90
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