from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small whirlwind, usually of short duration, that swirls dust, debris, and sand to great heights.
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- n. A small atmospheric vortex appearing in clear, dry conditions, made visible by swirling dust picked up from the ground.
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- n. a miniature whirlwind strong enough to whip dust and leaves and litter into the air
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The birds spun like a blue-black dust devil before resettling out of sight.
He can brew a dust devil or a tornado or a hurricane, or make a drought or a ten-day downpour-but he can't fly or transmute wood into silver or light a fire magically.
"One proper dust devil and a few grains of sand and we can put our symmetrical implosion into a pisspot," Foote said.