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simurgh

n.

monstrous bird, rational and ancient, in Persian mythology, 1786, from Persian simurgh, from Pahlavi sin "eagle" + murgh "bird." Cf. Avestan saeno merego "eagle," Sanskrit syenah "eagle," Armenian cin "kite." Probably identical with the roc (q.v.).

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  • He then washed himself and lay down to rest, and he was still asleep when the simurgh came home.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • What you have to do first is to get to the home of the simurgh, 10 and to make friends with him.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • In his deep distress he calls to the bird simurgh, who comes, sucks the blood from his wound, and heals the horse.

  • The prince felt sure this must be the place of the simurgh.'

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • In every conflict the simurgh was invulnerable, and the heroes it favoured never failed of success.

  • Then the simurgh flew off to a distance with the great stone and dropped it.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • The nest of the simurgh was in the wonderful tree above him, and in it were young birds; the parents were away searching for food.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • But there was no sign of the prince upon the roof; only, far away in the sky, the simurgh was seen carrying him off.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • The rabble is like the sacred simurgh, of Arabian fable—omnipotent on condition that it do nothing.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Up and up flew the simurgh, till earth looked like an egg resting on an ocean.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang

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