simoon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n simoon a violent hot sand-laden wind on the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Simoon A hot, dry, suffocating, dust-laden wind, that blows occasionally in Arabia, Syria, and neighboring countries, generated by the extreme heat of the parched deserts or sandy plains.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. samm, fr. samma, to poison. Cf. Samiel

Usage

In literature:

News spread through the desert with the rapidity of the simoon.
"Thais" by Anatole France
The Simoon lay at the wharf all night, which was unusually mild for that season of the year.
"Brave Tom" by Edward S. Ellis
During the approach of one of those death-dealing simoon's I noted a sublime phenomenon.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
It's a simoon that you're thinking about, and they happen only on the desert.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
It refreshes when the breath of the world is a simoon, withering heart and strength.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
The simoon may be blowing up.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
Public and private opinion wilted before the simoon of calamitous report.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
On my way homeward, at Reno, I encountered a simoon of most appalling power.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
As I wuz asayin' along we went like fury, ther simoon chasing arter us.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
An emotional renascence swept like a torrid simoon over Europe.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
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In poetry:

My list'ners are a nomad nation,
To whom the desert's voice is dear;
Who dread the simoon's devastation
And fall before his wrath in fear.
"Had I At Mecca's Gate Been Nourished" by Hermann Ferdinand Freiligrath