One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A violent and oppressive wind blowing in summer, especially in Sudan, bringing sand from the desert.
- ‘On the other hand, human beings exposed to the summer desert, winter in Kashmir, or the spring haboobs over Iran quickly reach their limits.’
- ‘Flying at 500 feet, the helicopters got caught in what is known in the Dasht-e-Kavir, Iran's Great Salt Desert, as a ‘haboob’ - a blinding dust storm.’
- ‘‘There was a big dust storm, called a haboob,’ he said.’
- ‘Heading for the desert he attempts the Marathon des Sables, an exhausting and dangerous seven-day test of ability, to see what effect dry heat has on the weather, from mirages to the deadly desert sandstorm that is the haboob.’
- ‘This limitation caused them to run into a haboob, or dust storm, that they could not fly over without breaking the 200 foot limit.’
Late 19th century: from Arabic habūb ‘blowing furiously’.
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