dust-devil

dust devil

noun
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.
Also called dust whirl.


Origin:
1890–95

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dust devil
 
n
a strong miniature whirlwind that whips up dust, litter, leaves, etc into the air

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