wind scoop[′win ‚sküp]
A saucerlike depression in the snow near obstructions such as trees, houses, and rocks, caused by the eddying action of the deflected wind.
wind scoop, wind catcher
A device, especially found in hot regions of the Middle East, that ventilates a house by the use of wind. A small tower on the roof contains an opening that faces the prevailing wind, which is at a cooler temperature than the interior of the house. Because the wind velocity at this opening is greater than it is at the lower windows of the house, air in the shaft of the tower is forced down the shaft to cool the house.