Definition of haboob in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈbo͞ob/


A violent and oppressive wind blowing in summer, especially in Sudan, bringing sand from the desert.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.


Late 19th century: from Arabic habūb 'blowing furiously'.

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Syllabification: ha·boob

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