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

Definition of haboob

: a violent dust storm or sandstorm especially of Sudan

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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 Dangerous lightning, desert flash flooding and haboobs (giant dust storms) are all hazards associated with the monsoon. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Pic of the week: The monsoon and the Milky Way," 14 July 2017

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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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