The terms ‘whirlwind’ (Indonesian pusaran angin, angin puyuh) and ‘whirlpool’ (Indonesian pusaran air) usually show up as definitions in our indigenous language dictionaries. However both the English and Indonesian terms can be ambiguous. In this paper I mention more than a dozen different natural phenomena that involve wind or water rotating about an axis—from tornadoes to fire whirls, from tidal maelstroms to river eddies—with the aim of helping us to write clearer, more precise definitions.
Sulang Language Data and Working Papers: Topics in Lexicography
Sulawesi Language Alliance
Table of Contents:
Tropical cyclones; Tornadoes; Waterspouts; Landspouts; Gustnadoes; Supercells; Hail; Downbursts; Foehn winds; Dust whirls; Fire whirls; Wind eddies; Smoke swirls; Eddies; Maelstroms; Whirlpools; Hair whorls; Swirl (pattern); Spiral (pattern); References;
Version 1 [29 April 2017] Initial draft January 2014.
© 2017 by David Mead
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