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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See simoom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hot desert wind, simoom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hot and destructive wind that sometimes blows, in Turkey, from the desert. It is identical with the simoom of Arabia and the kamsin of Syria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The simoom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a violent hot sand-laden wind on the deserts of Arabia and North Africa

Etymologies

Turkish samyeli : sam, poisonous + yel, wind.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Turkish samyeli (Wiktionary)

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  • A strong suffocating wind from North Africa, heavily laden with sand.

    March 6, 2007