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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.]
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(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]
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(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"
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Steeplechase world record-holder Beatrice Chepkoech, who took victory in the IAAF Cross Country Permit race in Seville earlier this year, 2016 African cross country bronze medallist Beatrice Mutai and relative newcomer Deborah Samum, who was fourth in the recent Kenyan Championships, are also part of a strong Kenyan lineup.
Others in the senior women's 10km team that has seven athletes, are Deborah Samum, Eva Cherono and Beatrice Mutai."It's always good to exploit such opportunities when it comes," said Njoga, adding that all has been well in the team that has been in residential training in Kigari, Embu, for almost a month.
By Halling out of a Samum mare, Al's pedigree is all about stamina and he went off a well-fancied 8-1 chance for the Melrose over 1m6f at York next time, finishing seventh.
One of his brothers, Schiaparelli, was sold for PS5.2million, and another brother, Samum, won a German Derby.
The Samum filly bounced back with a Listed success at Lingfield last time and despite having to shoulder a heavy burden here, she looks a worthy favourite.
Andreas Schutz will also be double-handed with 2000 winner Samum and Deutsches Derby second Salve Regina set to go to post.
LAST YEAR'S German Derby and Emirates Grosser Preis Von Baden winner, Samum, shocked his connections when he was beaten in the 30th Grosser Mercedez Benz Preis at Baden-Baden.
Samum and Silvano, both trained by Andreas Schutz, are set to represent Germany.
The German raider Samum is very smart and is unbeaten in four races this year but he needs it really soft, and the other main danger, Prix Vermeille winner Volvoreta, is useful but Mick Kinane, who rode her that day, wasn't madly taken with her and simply does not believe she is up to this class.
Samum and Volvoleta have each-way chances but, for the first time I can recall, this year's Arc looks a two horse race.
Betting - Coral: 1-2 Montjeu, 5-2 Sinndar, 9-1 Samum, 12-1 Volvoreta, 14-1 Egyptband, 20-1 Air Shakur, 25-1 Mutafaweq, 40-1 Daring Miss, 50-1 bar.