- a strong suffocating sand-laden wind of the deserts of Arabia and North AfricaAlso called: samiel
from Arabic samūm poisonous, from sam poison, from Aramaic sammā poison
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Examples from the Web for simoom
But I'd as lief encounter a West India hurricane or a simoom.
This was soon after; and along with the morning light had come the cessation of the simoom.The Boy Slaves
This great domain of the simoom has every diversity of surface.Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania
Jewett Castello Gilson
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.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
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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