simoom

simoon (sɪˈmuːn)

noun

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

Word Origin for simoom

from Arabic samūm poisonous, from sam poison, from Aramaic sammā poison
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Related Words for simoom

sandstorm, devil, duster, harmattan, khamsin, samiel, shaitan, sirocco

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Word Origin and History for simoom
n.

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

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