What Does "cyclone" Mean?


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According to Collins English Dictionary, "cyclone" describes a violent tropical storm or hurricane. In Australia and New Zealand, "cyclone" is an adjective used to describe fencing that is made of interlaced wire and metal, although this definition is considerably less common.

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The word is derived from 19th century Greek, originally coming from the word "kuklos," meaning wheel, due to the manner in which the storm rotates and revolves so that it is turning around and spinning about the center. Synonyms include "typhoon," "hurricane," "tempest," "twister" and "storm." While some of these words are probably more commonly used to describe storms of this type, Collins Dictionary still provides a number of headlines that show the word "cyclone" is in fairly common usage.

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