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Samoor

The south wind of Persia, which so softens the strings of lutes, that they can never be tuned while it lasts. (Stephen: Persia.)

Like the wind of the south o'er a summer lute blowing,
Hushed all its music, and withered its frame.

Thomas Moore The Fire Worshippers.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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