dust-devil, noun

EnglishShow more Extension of the general English sense ‘a miniature whirlwind’.
A dust storm or tornado.
1949 J. Mockford Golden 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.
1955 H. Klein Winged 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.
1973 Cape 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.
A dust storm or tornado.
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