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  • n. A windstorm with strong straight-line winds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A straight wind without apparent cyclonic tendency, usually accompanied with rain and often destructive, common in the prairie regions of the United States.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Mexican and Spanish law:
  • n. A strong wind or squall blowing straight forward, without any apparent cyclonic rotation.


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From Spanish derecho ("straight"), this term seems to have been coined by Gustavus Detlef Hinrichs in 1888 to contrast derechos from tornadoes, which twist; compare the etymology of tornado.


  • And I saw the priest with his skirts tucked up scrambling over a bench and those after him were chopping at him with the sickles and the reaping hooks and then some one had hold of his robe and there was another scream and another scream and I saw two men chopping into his back with sickles while a third man held the skirt of his robe and the Priest's arms were up and he was clinging to the back of a chair and then the chair I was standing on broke and the drunkard and I were on the pavement that smelled of spilled wine and vomit and the drunkard was shaking his finger at me and saying, '_No hay derecho, mujer, no hay derecho_.

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  • El estatus migratorio de Turista No-inmigrante le da derecho de quedarse en México por un período no más de seis meses sin derecho a extensión.

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  • More importantly they will often confuse derecho and derecha and of course sometimes derecho is derecha so allowing them to get directions on their own is not usually successful.

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  • In July, a powerful, long-lasting straight-line windstorm known as a derecho hit Iowa.

  • Weather officials said a derecho is a widespread and long-lived straight line wind storm associated with a fast-moving squall line, producing winds over 58 mph.

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  • The National Weather Service in Birmingham said much of the damage was caused by a weather phenomenon called a derecho (duh-RAY'-choh), a widespread and long-lived straight line wind storm that sweeps over a large area at high speed.

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  • On Sunday, a significant windstorm called a derecho, swept across 5 states, knocking down trees and power lines across the South.

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  • A derecho is a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line, usually taking the form of a bow echo.

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  • Literally Spanish for "straight," a derecho is a sustained windstorm that travels in a straight direction, often carrying with it thunderstorms similar to a squall line.


  • I was outside when a sudden wind called a derecho blew into town. -


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