simoon (sɪˈmuːn)

/ (sɪˈmuːm) /

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

Origin of simoom

from Arabic samūm poisonous, from sam poison, from Aramaic sammā poison

Words Nearby simoom

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How to use simoom in a sentence

  • 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
  • In the choking breath of the simoom he feels the potentialities of God, and his own helpless impotence.

  • That wind of the desert, says Bonazzi, that simoom of Pontifical dominion did not pass over our city in vain.

    The Story of Perugia | Margaret Symonds
  • Cooley stayed there until five o'clock in the afternoon waiting for the simoom to swoop down upon him.

    Out of the Hurly-Burly | Charles Heber Clark
  • On another occasion we met the simoom, the purple haze in rushing past threatening suffocation.