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simoon:

see sandstormsandstorm,
strong dry wind blowing over the desert that raises and carries along clouds of sand or dust often so dense as to obscure the sun and reduce visibility almost to zero; also known as a duststorm.
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Simoom

 

a hot, dry, usually westerly or southwesterly wind in the deserts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Simooms are violent squall-like winds of short duration and often carry large amounts of sand and dust. They are most common in spring and summer.

simoom

[sə′müm]
(meteorology)
A strong, dry, dust-laden desert wind which blows in the Sahara, Israel, Syria, and the desert of Arabia; its temperature may exceed 130°F (54°C), and the humidity may fall below 10.

simoom

, simoon
a strong suffocating sand-laden wind of the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
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He took a sprig or so of water-cress, and tried again; but the bread turned to a heavier sand than before, and the ham (though it was good enough of itself) seemed to blow a faint simoom of ham through the whole Marshalsea.
I am convinced," his narrator reports, "that the canals which Schiaparelli observed from Milan in '77 are in reality simooms crossing the great central continents of Mars" (92-93).