from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A monstrous bird of Persian fable, to which are ascribed characters like those of the roc.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Simurg: Beyoglu, simurg.com.tr; Denizler: Istiklal Caddesi 199/A, Beyoglu, denizlerkitabevi.com
Salman Rushdie's first (and now largely disowned) novel was Grimus, a science-fiction/fantasy whose plot I now mercifully forget, but a basic element was the slow revelation (warning: spoiler, as if you cared) that the eponymous hero was anagrammatically a simurg.
One thing, however, he should have remembered: that he was in an ancient and little known part of the world and reposing above a sea famous in fable as the home of many fierce and terrible creatures; while not far away lay the land of the dragon, the simurg and other ferocious monsters.
(Safir-i simurg), Treatise of the Nocturnal Ascent