ETYM From Spanish or Portu. tornar to turn, return, Latin tornare to turn, hence, a whirling wind. The Spanish and Portu. tornada is a return. Related to Turn.
A localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground; SYN. twister.
Extremely violent revolving storm with swirling, funnel-shaped clouds, caused by a rising column of warm air propelled by strong wind. A tornado can rise to a great height, but with a diameter of only a few hundred yards or less. Tornadoes move with wind speeds of 160–480 kph/100–300 mph, destroying everything in their path. They are common in the central US and Australia.
typhoon / taɪfuːn /
ETYM Earlier tuffoon, tuffon, Portu. tufăo, Arabic tufân a violent storm; probably from Greek typhon, typhos, a violent whirlwind, that rushes upward from the earth, whirling clouds of dust (cf. Typhus); or perhaps from Chin. t'ai-fung a cyclonic wind.
A tropical cyclone occurring in the western Pacific or Indian oceans.
Violent revolving storm, a hurricane in the W Pacific Ocean.
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