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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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Immediately upon retiring from the castle, the Saxon thanes, with their attendants, took horse; and it was during the bustle which attended their doing so, that Cedric, for the first time, cast his eyes upon the deserter Gurth.
Procuring their rifles, they opened fire in a leisurely manner, upon the deserters.
Good day to you, gentlemen three--or rather deserters three
Lambert, at this moment, commands eighteen thousand deserters, but I have never mentioned that to my officers, you may easily suppose.
Bound and helpless, the English officer lay upon the ground at one side of the meadow, while around him stood a number of the black deserters from the German command.
Here and there on the coasts, living by most precarious tenure, was a sprinkling of missionaries, traders, bˆche-de-mer fishers, and whaleship deserters.
9) Deserter advertisements buttressed officers' authority and financed the press in the same way that runaway slave notices, according to David Waldstreicher, revealed that the "relation between slavery and print culture was reciprocal.
Also, like others who have served for many years in the military, I find it tough to read about the wrong-headed thinking and excuses of a deserter.
A hard-hitting autobiography which offers first-hand observations from the unusual perspective of a deserter.
Every deserter represented a Confederate casualty," he writes, "but seeing what these men did to other Southerners and the Confederate army, it is impossible to ignore the fact that a deserter hurt the Confederacy more than a dead hero" (233).
Other characters include a soldier and deserter from the war in Iraq, an uncompromisingly honest female state senator, and her married son, who is being blackmailed because of his secret gay club life.
The story could have finished there if he had chosen to slip back into the anonymity of the Joneses of Wales, but he decided to re-join his regiment and was immediately arrested as a deserter.