a hot, violent, sand-laden wind of the African and Asian deserts
also called si·moon′
Origin of simoomArabic sam?m from samma, to poison
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 .
Origin of simoomArabic samūm from samma to poison from Aramaic sammā drug, poison śmm
Arabic Ø³Ù…ÙˆÙ… (samÅ«m, “hot wind"), from Ø³Ù… (sÃ¡mma, “to poison").