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a strong suffocating sand-laden wind of the deserts of Arabia and North Africa Also called samiel
Word Origin
from Arabic samūm poisonous, from sam poison, from Aramaic sammā poison
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  • Besides, the wind called the simoom raised such clouds of dust that whole caravans were sometimes buried in the sand.

    The Story of the Thirteen Colonies H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
  • This was soon after; and along with the morning light had come the cessation of the simoom.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • I procured more than half a skin of water, and then returned to my own camel, which I had laid down beside of, during the simoom.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • This great domain of the simoom has every diversity of surface.

  • All announced the approach of the pampero, that simoom of the prairies.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • Indeed, every appearance warranted me in apprehending a simoom.

  • Seth or Typhon stands for the cold of winter, the simoom of the desert, or the "wind that blasts."

    The God-Idea of the Ancients Eliza Burt Gamble
  • In Africa you have the upas, the fierce compound of simoom and tornado.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • The simoom does not bend a hair on me, but you, the infidel one, are killed by it!

  • But you cannot know what simoom is like—simoom in the heart of the desert!

Word Origin and History for simoom

"hot, dry desert wind," 1790, from Arabic samum "a sultry wind," literally "poisonous," from samma "he poisoned," from sam "poison."

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