si·​moom sə-ˈmüm How to pronounce simoom (audio)
variants or simoon
: a hot dry violent dust-laden wind from Asian and African deserts

Examples of simoom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dust storms and dust-bearing winds go by many names, including the haboob in Sudan to the North African khamsin and the Arabian simoom. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 26 Feb. 2015 Herodotus records that a small nation called the Psylli marched into the desert to declare war on the simoom—and were subsequently buried by it. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, 22 July 2019

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Word History


Arabic samūm

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of simoom was in 1763

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“Simoom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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