derecho

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noun de·re·cho \də-ˈrā-(ˌ)chō\

Definition of derecho

plural

derechos

  1. :  a large fast-moving complex of thunderstorms with powerful straight-line winds that cause widespread destruction

Origin and Etymology of derecho

Spanish, straight (contrasted with tornado, taken to mean “turned”), from Latin directus — more at 1direct


First Known Use: 1889


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of derecho


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