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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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He got there, found it deserted and followed us, coming up just now."
So it was agreed that they would make a forced march back through the jungle to where they had been deserted by Jacinto.
Meanwhile, the city itself was deserted. There was hardly anyone in the streets.
Swaying his head and smiling as if amused at himself, the officer ran almost at a trot through the deserted streets toward the Yauza bridge to overtake his regiment.