Word Origin & History

monstrous bird, rational and ancient, in Pers. mythology, 1786, from Pers. simurgh, from Pahlavi sin "eagle" + murgh "bird." Cf. Avestan saeno merego "eagle," Skt. syenah "eagle," Arm. cin "kite." Probably identical with the roc (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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