mesocyclone

[mez-uh-sahy-klohn, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]
noun Meteorology.
a small cyclone that arises near a thunderstorm and is sometimes associated with the occurrence of tornadoes.

Origin:
1970–75; meso- + cyclone

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