simoom

noun
si·​moom | \ sə-ˈmüm How to pronounce simoom (audio) , sī- \
variants: or simoon \ sə-​ˈmün How to pronounce simoon (audio) , sī-​ \

Definition of simoom

: a hot dry violent dust-laden wind from Asian and African deserts

Examples of simoom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "New Books," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of simoom

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for simoom

Arabic samūm

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“Simoom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simoon?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=simoom02. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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