From Arabic هَبُوب (habūb, “strong wind”), from the root ه ب ب (h-b-b).
haboob (plural haboobs)
- A violent sandstorm or duststorm in the deserts of Arabia, North Africa, India, or North America.
- Coordinate term: duster
- 2013, Giles Slade, American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival, New Society Publishers, →ISBN, page 154:
- Americans used to call these storms “dusters,” but as a sign of increasing globalization, most news outlets now call them by their Gulf Arabic name haboob. […] In Blackwell, Oklahoma 21, 2012, a haboob with a storm front two miles across closed the town and stopped all traffic on I-35 while causing about half a million dollars in damage.