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mesocyclone

[mez-uh-sahy-klohn, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] /ˌmɛz əˈsaɪ kloʊn, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-/
noun, Meteorology
1.
a small cyclone that arises near a thunderstorm and is sometimes associated with the occurrence of tornadoes.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; meso- + cyclone
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