EnglishShow more Extension of the general English sense ‘a miniature whirlwind’.
A dust storm or tornado.
1949J. MockfordGolden Land 69The bigger dust-devils will even topple over jerry-built shacks and Native huts, and tear the roofs off houses; but as a rule these dust storms are uncomfortable rather than dangerous.
1955H. KleinWinged Courier 46The airmen experienced a new African flying hazard in the form of dust devils, some of which rose as high as 8,000 ft.
1973Cape Times 12 June 1A Gigantic whirlwind ‘dust devil’, turning anti-clockwise at speeds up to 60 km/h and tunnelling high-pressure air to sea level at a point about 1 600 km east of Cape Town in the Indian Ocean, added choking grit to yesterday’s heat and reduced visibility to 2000 metres.
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