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a. A whirlwind.
b. A vortex, as of a whirlwind or whirlpool.
2. A skyrocket that has a spiral flight.

[Middle English turbilloun, from Old French torbeillon, ultimately from Latin turbō, from Greek turbē, noise, confusion; see turbid.]


(Physical Geography) a rare word for whirlwind
[C15: from French tourbillon, ultimately from Latin turbō something that spins, from turbāre to confuse]


(tʊərˈbɪl yən)

1. a whirlwind.
2. a firework that rises spirally.
[1470–80; earlier turbilloun < Middle French to(u)rbillon < Vulgar Latin *turbiliōnem, dissimilated variant of *turbiniōnem, acc. of *turbiniō whirlwind]
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