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dust devil

n.
A small whirlwind, usually of short duration, that swirls dust, debris, and sand to great heights.

dust devil

n
(Physical Geography) a strong miniature whirlwind that whips up dust, litter, leaves, etc into the air

dust′ dev`il


n.
a small whirlwind 10–100 ft. (3–30 m) in diameter and from several hundred to 1000 ft. (305 m) high, common in dry regions and made visible by the dust it picks up from the ground.

dust devil

An intense low-pressure system which creates a column of fast-moving wind laden with dust.

Dust devil

A small whirlwind that has picked up a substantial amount of dust. Dust devils are often seen in hot summer months moving across plowed fields.
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Noun1.Dust devil - a miniature whirlwind strong enough to whip dust and leaves and litter into the airdust devil - a miniature whirlwind strong enough to whip dust and leaves and litter into the air
whirlwind - a more or less vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moves over the surface of the Earth
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