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British Dictionary definitions for simoom


simoon (sɪˈmuːn)

  1. a strong suffocating sand-laden wind of the deserts of Arabia and North AfricaAlso called: samiel

Word Origin

from Arabic samūm poisonous, from sam poison, from Aramaic sammā poison
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Examples from the Web for simoom

Historical Examples

  • But I'd as lief encounter a West India hurricane or a simoom.

    Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863


  • This was soon after; and along with the morning light had come the cessation of the simoom.

    The Boy Slaves

    Mayne Reid

  • This great domain of the simoom has every diversity of surface.

  • I dare not face it, any more than I would the blast of the simoom.

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • Indeed, every appearance warranted me in apprehending a Simoom.

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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