haboob

noun
ha·​boob | \ hə-ˈbüb How to pronounce haboob (audio) \

Definition of haboob

: a violent dust storm or sandstorm especially of Sudan

Examples of haboob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Facebook image does not depict a Saharan dust cloud over Puerto Rico, rather a 2018 haboob, a different type of dust storm, over Phoenix. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Picture of a massive dust cloud is over Phoenix, not Puerto Rico," 1 July 2020 The haboob at times towered about a mile high and traveled nearly 200 miles, carving a path into southeastern California before fizzling out near Imperial. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona's biggest weather stories of the past 10 years: Heat, floods and dust storms," 30 Dec. 2019 The haboob was caused by a variety of factors, the first and primary one being the strong cold front that dropped temperatures by 32 degrees in just two hours. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Explaining Wednesday’s wild Front Range dust storm," 9 Oct. 2019 An apocalyptic-looking dust storm, or a haboob, moved through Denver on Wednesday night, turning area skies from blue to brown in a matter of minutes. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Explaining Wednesday’s wild Front Range dust storm," 9 Oct. 2019 Joanne was the winner of the adult category with her haboob-themed, vanilla pudding filled doughnut topped with ground up vanilla cookies. Maureen Bohannon, azcentral, "Bashas' to sell Arizona-themed donuts after national contest," 6 June 2019 The culprit was a towering dust storm, along the leading edge of a vigorous thunderstorm complex, known as a haboob. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘One of the most incredible sights’: Monster dust storm sweeps across Southern Arizona," 10 July 2018 The haboob at times towered about a mile high and traveled nearly 200 miles, carving a path from the Arizona desert into southeastern California. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona monsoon 2018: July 11 dust storm in Phoenix was definitely epic, maybe historic," 12 July 2018 Then suburban sprawl swept in like a desert haboob, leaving in its wake planned communities and malls and farmers with their pockets full. Mike Sager, Esquire, "Growing Almonds in the Desert," 25 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of haboob

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haboob

Arabic habūb violent storm

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The first known use of haboob was in 1897

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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Haboob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haboob. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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