Definition of simoom in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈmuːm/
(also simoon /sɪˈmuːn/)


A hot, dry, dust-laden wind blowing in the desert, especially in Arabia.
Example sentences
  • It is subject to constant dust-laden winds variously known as sirocco, khamsin, simoom and harmattan.
  • From this soil sprouts stately guitar arpeggios and hesitant piano refrains that occasionally meet billowing dark ambient winds and shrivel up like a flower of the desert that senses a simoon coming from afar.
  • Does he expect the Bedouins led by Rudolph Valentino to come sweeping like the simoom out of the desert?


Late 18th century: from Arabic samūm, from samma 'to poison'.

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