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 (sĭ-mo͞om′) also si·moon (-mo͞on′)
A strong, hot, sand-laden wind of the Sahara and Arabian Deserts: "Stephen's heart had withered up like a flower of the desert that feels the simoom coming from afar" (James Joyce). Also called samiel.

[Arabic samūm, from samma, to poison, from Aramaic sammā, drug, poison; see śmm in Semitic roots.]


(sɪˈmuːm) or


(Physical Geography) a strong suffocating sand-laden wind of the deserts of Arabia and North Africa. Also called: samiel
[from Arabic samūm poisonous, from sam poison, from Aramaic sammā poison]


(sɪˈmum, saɪ-)

also si•moon

a violent sandstorm occurring in the deserts of Africa and Asia.
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Noun1.simoom - a violent hot sand-laden wind on the deserts of Arabia and North Africasimoom - a violent hot sand-laden wind on the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
air current, current of air, wind - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"
References in classic literature ?
I kept my eyes fixed on the window, but the wolf drew his head back, and a whole myriad of little specks seems to come blowing in through the broken window, and wheeling and circling round like the pillar of dust that travellers describe when there is a simoon in the desert.
Thygesen K, Alpert JS, Jaffe AS, Simoons ML, Chaitman R, White HD; Writing Group on behalf of the Joint ESC/ACCF/AHA/WHF Task Force for the Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction.
In Naga and Chin hills, gayals are important sacrificial animals and regarded as a social status symbol for the Naga people (Simoons and Simoons, 1968).
Glatz JF, Van der Vusse GJ, Simoons ML, Kragten JA, Van Dieijen-Visser MP, Hermens WT.
Heeschen C, Dimmeler S, Hamm CW, Fichtscherer S, Simoons ML, Zeiher AM, CAPTURE Study Investigators.
According to Simoons, food plays a central role in Chinese life, which leads: