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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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Monk made his calculations, at a thousand desertions a day Lambert had men enough to last twenty days; but there is in sinking things such a growth of weight and swiftness, which combine with each other, that a hundred left the first day, five hundred the second, a thousand the third.
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.
desertion MORE marriages are standing the test of time - with divorce rates falling by nearly a third over the last three decades.
Theatre The 306: Day National Theatre of Scotland Touring until June 3 The second part of a trilogy examining the 306 WWI soldiers shot for cowardice, desertion and mutiny dramatises the lives of the women left behind.
The 306: Day THE second part of a trilogy examining the 306 soldiers shot for cowardice, desertion and mutiny in the First World War dramatises the lives of the three women left behind after the killing of their menfolk.
This study focuses on a key moment in Andersch's war experience, namely his desertion on the Italian front in 1944.
Desertion in the Early Modern World: A Comparative History
The leaders of terrorist groups are trying to recoup the losses which they suffered in battles against the Syrian army or occurred as a result of militants' desertion from the frontline," ITAR-Tass quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Tuesday.