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desert

a terrestrial environment in which there is poor soil, climatic extremes of high and low temperatures and low rainfall, and consequently a scarcity of living organisms, all of which must be specially adapted. See XEROPHYTE, METABOLIC WATER.
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From that time nothing was heard of but desertion in Lambert's army.
Damon, the morning of the eighth day after their desertion by the faithless Jacinto.
She felt the loss of Willoughby's character yet more heavily than she had felt the loss of his heart; his seduction and desertion of Miss Williams, the misery of that poor girl, and the doubt of what his designs might ONCE have been on herself, preyed altogether so much on her spirits, that she could not bring herself to speak of what she felt even to Elinor; and, brooding over her sorrows in silence, gave more pain to her sister than could have been communicated by the most open and most frequent confession of them.
He's as bitter as gall at your desertion and its consequences: don't expect thanks for this noble devotion.
The next day, 10th of November, the same desertion, the same solitude.
They succeeded in overtaking the party of which they were in quest, but concealed their faithless desertion of Scott; alleging that he had died of disease.
By linking the two desertions Andersch clears the ground for a specifically West German post-war stance: anti-Nazi, but also anti-Communist.
While desertions may be politically motivated, not all deserters will be considered eligible for refugee status.
The provinces of Herat, Farah and Badghis in the west of the country are reporting the highest number of desertions.
It is difficult to provide accurate data on the number of desertions that have taken place in a given time and space, since many women do not report their husbands' absence.
e) Desertions that have no connection with the military environment itself, but occur in particular circumstance related to their personal life.
On the other hand, this hemorrhage is a mortal risk for a country and an institution which will encounter considerable financial difficulties," he added, saying that desertions cost $ 850 million of the $ 4.