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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"
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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.
Newby LK, Rutsch WR, Califf RM, Simoons ML, Aylward PE, Arnstrong PW, Woodlief LH, Lee KL, Topol EJ, Van de Werf (1996) Time from symptom onset to treatment and outcomes after thrombolytic therapy.
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).
Thygesen K, Alpert JS, Jaffe AS, Simoons ML, Chaitman BR, White HD; Joint ESC/ACCF/AHA/ WHF Task Force for the Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction.
Simoons, Cultural Geographer, Journal of Cultural Geography, 7(2), 135-141.
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.
Van den Bosch, AE, Roos-Hesselink, JW, Van Domburg, R, Bogers, AJ, Simoons ,ML, Meijboom, FJ.
En muchos herbolarios del sector mas pobre de Londres se vendian mandragoras incluso a principios del siglo XX (Schultes y Hofmann, 1992: 86-91; Simoons, 1998: 103).