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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. It was a cold-blooded exhibition of marksmanship.
"Good day to you, gentlemen three--or rather deserters three!" And the two young folk entered the carriage and were driven away.
Lambert, at this moment, commands eighteen thousand deserters, but I have never mentioned that to my officers, you may easily suppose.
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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.
"Come back!" shouted Bulan, leaping after the two deserters.
Here and there on the coasts, living by most precarious tenure, was a sprinkling of missionaries, traders, bˆche-de-mer fishers, and whaleship deserters. The smoke of the hot ovens arose under their windows, and the bodies of the slain were dragged by their doors on the way to the feasting.
Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited the Armenian deserter who surrendered to the Azerbaijani side, ICRC Baku Office's Public Relations Department Head Ilaha Huseynova toldTrend.
The reason for visit was to investigate the conditions of detention and treatment issues, and learn the status of ensuring the rights of deserter Armenian soldier Kazaryan Aro Khaykovich who desertered in the Fizuli direction of frontline at morning hours of August 12.
Following this, he was declared a deserter on September 17.
France in 2015 opened a special investigation into alleged crimes committed in Syrian prisons after a deserter from the intelligence service provided photos and other evidence of alleged abuses of many thousands by the regime in Syria.