willy-willy


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willy-willy

(ˈwɪlɪˈwɪlɪ)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a duststorm
2. (Physical Geography) obsolete a tropical cyclone
[from a native Australian language]
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In Aboriginal myth the willy-willy are spirits which emerge from a spinning vortex.
The tree is reassuringly solid and well rooted enough to withstand the willy-willy of my being caught up by theoretical esoterics.