dust devil


: a small whirlwind containing sand or dust

Examples of dust devil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has documented landslides and dust devils on the Martian surface. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 The weather was strange, with storm clouds to the east, but at a far distance, and even a few dust devils, far to the north. Idaho Statesman, 2 Mar. 2016 That direction is northwest to southeast — the same direction as dust devil streaks visible on the surface from orbit. Alison Klesman, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2018 Scientists are still working to get a better understanding of when dust devils will appear in a specific location. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 1 Oct. 2023 There would be slap-you-in-the-face winds, zap-you-dry sunrays, freeze-your-teeth temperature drops, and clouds that would swirl like cartoon dust devils. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 29 July 2023 In a matter of seconds, 7-year-old Bauer Zoya, a catcher, was caught up in a dust devil, the outlets reported. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 16 May 2023 Wind speeds in larger dust devils can reach 60 mph. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 15 May 2023 Broome now lives in Florida and captured the video showing a small – but fierce – dust devil whipping up on home plate just as a child was ready to swing his bat. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 15 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dust devil was in 1888

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“Dust devil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20devil. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

dust devil

: a small whirlwind containing sand or dust

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