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simoom

/sɪˈmuːm/
noun
1.
a strong suffocating sand-laden wind of the deserts of Arabia and North Africa Also called samiel
Word Origin
from Arabic samūm poisonous, from sam poison, from Aramaic sammā poison
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n.

"hot, dry desert wind," 1790, from Arabic samum "a sultry wind," literally "poisonous," from samma "he poisoned," from sam "poison."

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