Definition of simoom:

part of speech: noun

The hot suffocating wind which occurs in most countries bordering on sandy deserts, and which, laden with the minutest particles from the arid deserts, heralds its own approach by the reddish- dun colour which it gives to the atmosphere; in Turkey it is called samiel; in Egypt, khamsin; on the western coast of Africa, harmattan.

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