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willy-willy

[ wil-ee-wil-ee ]
/ ˈwɪl iˌwɪl i /
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noun, plural wil·ly-wil·lies.Australian,Meteorology.
dust devil: A column of dust, held aloft by a willy-willy, rises high into the air in South Australia.
tropical cyclone: another willy-willy forming over the Timor Sea.
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Origin of willy-willy

First recorded in 1890–95; of obscure origin; probably from an Australian Aboriginal language

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British Dictionary definitions for willy-willy

willy-willy
/ (ˈwɪlɪˈwɪlɪ) /

noun Australian
a duststorm
obsolete a tropical cyclone

Word Origin for willy-willy

from a native Australian language
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