1 a region that is devoid or almost devoid of vegetation, esp. because of low rainfall
2 an uncultivated uninhabited region
3 a place which lacks some desirable feature or quality
a cultural desert
4 modifier of, relating to, or like a desert; infertile or desolate
(C13: from Old French, from Church Latin desertum, from Latin deserere to abandon, literally: to sever one's links with, from de- + serere to bind together)
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