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A.Word.A.Day--haboob

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This week's theme: Words from the writing of Judge Bruce M. Selya.

haboob (huh-BOOB) noun

A violent dust storm or sandstorm, especially in Sudan.

[From Arabic habub (strong wind).]

"What appellant labors to portray as a robust haboob is not even a gentle zephyr. The house, we think, is sturdy enough to withstand the prevailing winds." Excerpt from opinion of the court (Selya, J.) in Aoude v. Mobil Oil Corp. 1988.

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