dust bowl


: a region that suffers from prolonged droughts and dust storms

Examples of dust bowl in a Sentence

They left the dust bowl and moved west.
Recent Examples on the Web Well, that was because of all the people that came from the dust bowl out to California to work in the aeronautics industry. New Atlas, 10 July 2024 Perhaps irony, like water for the swimming pool, is a resource that dries up seasonally in these parts, leaving only a dust bowl of surly resentment and some tatty deckchairs behind. Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 The research is also concerning for Californians, who have seen their state ravaged by record-setting wildfires and drought that turned thousands of acres of farmland into dust bowls. Tony Briscoe, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2023 He was born in the dust bowl town of Dodge City, Kan., one year into the Great Depression in 1930. Tammy Lagorce, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 There's these dust bowls, there's a hurricane that basically wipes out the entire East Coast. Gideon Lichfield, WIRED, 19 July 2023 Research published in 2020, for example, found that climate change is creating the same kinds of long heat waves that drove the dust bowls of nine decades ago. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Leopold’s account of the dying wolf went on to describe the calamitous consequences of exterminating the entire species: mountains denuded of every edible tree and bush by proliferating deer, rangeland turned into dust bowls by overgrazing cattle. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 4 May 2023 Horrific 'dust bowl' Evan Anderson, 25, who was returning home to St. Louis from Chicago, said a semitruck turned before striking his vehicle, sparing him from even more damage. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 1 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dust bowl was in 1935

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“Dust bowl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20bowl. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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dust bowl

: a region that suffers from long droughts and dust storms

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