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dust devil

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 of dust devil
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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
  • Perchance, for no mere erratic “dust-devil” is yonder cloud.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for dust-devil

dust devil

a strong miniature whirlwind that whips up dust, litter, leaves, etc into the air
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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