Fr.: tourbillon de poussière
A rapidly rotating column of air (whirlwind) over a dry and dusty or shady area, carrying dust, leaves, and other light material picked up from the ground (Meteorology Glossary, Amer. Meteo. Soc.). See also → dust devil, → dust storm.
1) carxidan, gardidan; 2) carxeš, gardeš
Fr.: 1) tourbillonner, tournoyer; 2) tourbillon, tournoiement
M.E. whirlen, from O.N. hvirfla "to whirl," akin to O.E. hwyrflung "turning, revolving."
A powerful water current moving rapidly in a circular manner, as that produced by the meeting of opposing currents, sucking down anything that comes within. → Whirlpool galaxy.
From whirl "to turn around," from M.E. whirlen, from O.N. hvirfla "to whirl," cognate with O.E. hweorfan "to turn;" + → pool "a body of water."
Whirlpool galaxy (M51)
kahkešân-e Gerdâb (#)
Fr.: galaxie du Tourbillon
A large → spiral galaxy of type Sc seen → face-on in the constellation → Canes Venatici and lying about 31 million → light-years away. Also known as M51 and NGC 5194. It is interacting with a small irregular galaxy NGC 5195.
Fr.: tourbillon de vent