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 sam&umacron;m, from samma, to poison, from Aramaic samma, drug, poison; see śmm in Semitic roots.
Arabic Ø³Ù…ÙˆÙ… (samÅ«m, “hot wind"), from Ø³Ù… (sÃ¡mma, “to poison").