Definition of derecho in English:

derecho

noun

US
  • A line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds.

    • ‘I would like to know what scientific writings about bow echoes and derechos have been published.’
    • ‘View a radar animation of the derecho as it passed through the area.’
    • ‘When the bow echo bulge reaches 80-320 km wide, the derecho has been born.’

Origin

Late 19th century: Spanish, literally ‘direct, straight’.

Pronunciation

derecho

/dāˈrāˌCHō/