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Arabian of, pertaining to, originating in, or characteristic of Arabia or its desert climate. [1/4 definitions]
arroyo a steep ditch or gully, usu. dry, carved in a plain or desert by drainage of heavy rainfall.
Atacama a desert in northern Chile that lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains.
biome a major type of global region, such as forest, desert, or grassland, characterized by the community of plants and animals that have adapted to life under the particular soil and climatic conditions that a particular region presents. [1/2 definitions]
bug out (informal) to leave, quit, or flee; desert.
caravan a band of people traveling together for safety, esp. across a desert. [1/4 definitions]
century plant a desert agave, once believed to flower only once in a century, with fleshy leaves and a very tall stem on which greenish flowers appear every ten to twenty years.
date palm a tall palm tree with a thick trunk, cultivated in tropical and desert regions for its dates.
desert1 of, concerning, or similar to a desert. [2/5 definitions]
desertification the transformation of fertile land to desert by natural causes, esp. drought, or through human activity such as deforestation, overgrazing, and the like.
desertify to cause to change from land capable of sustaining plant life and agriculture to desert land that is essentially barren.
erg2 a vast area covered with sand dunes; desert.
forsake to abandon or desert. [1/2 definitions]
Gobi a desert in northern China and southwestern Mongolia.
Great Green Wall a multinational African initiative to fight desertification and land degradation by modification of land use, water harvesting, and the planting and maintenance of trees primarily along the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, a belt of land that stretches across the width of the continent. [1/2 definitions]
Great Sandy Desert a desert region in northwestern Australia.
Great Victoria Desert a desert region in southwestern Australia.
Kalahari a desert of southern Africa occupying a large area of Botswana as well as parts of Namibia and South Africa (prec. by "the").
kangaroo rat any of various long-tailed and long-legged jumping rodents of desert regions in Mexico and the western United States, or a similar one of Australia.
maravilla a leafy wildflower having fragrant, tubular, evening-blooming flowers ranging in color from white to deep pink and found in sandy and desert areas from southern California to Mexico.
mirage an optical effect, often occurring in the desert or on hot pavement, in which light distorted by air masses of different temperatures creates the illusion of water and sometimes inverts distant objects. [1/2 definitions]