from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Italian use, a whirlwind, especially the smaller whirls such as the waterspout at sea and the sandspout or dust-whirl on land.
Recently Minnie and I spotted a large dust devil (or whirlwind, which is remolino in Spanish) as we drove near Seguin.
As we picnic, a tiny remolino – whirlwind – spins between us, takes Luis 2's hat off his head and flings it spitefully over the cliff. He sits there open-mouthed, sandwich in hand.
This word may be applied figuratively to the spirit, witch, or demon imagined as animating a whirlwind.