from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A monstrous bird of Persian fable, to which are ascribed characters like those of the roc.
In ancient days there lived a bird with great, jewel-like wings. . . .She was the simurg, and people said her feathers, soft and abundant, could heal all ills.
The Simurg was a prophet of the good or bad to come, lived for fifteen hundred years and revived to live another fifteen centuries.
Tamuras did not know what to do; so he went to consult a wonderful bird, called the Simurg, who speaks all tongues, and who knows everything that has happened, or that will happen.
‘Simurg’ may come from a Pahlavi phrase meaning ‘eagle bird.’ Pahlavi is a Middle Iranian language.