But like American speakeasies during prohibition in the USA, these places are oases in a desert of official prudery.
They are also oases, where Jews and Arabs of all kinds interact as equals.
Besides the oases the desert is remarkable for two other valleys.
Like oases are these Freshmen to the Student-Body collector.
The whole of the basin, except these oases, is dazzlingly white, showing the palm groves as black patches on its surface.
One of the oases we visited was the Lucus Ascræus, in the northern hemisphere.
The widely separated hamlets where we impatiently stopped were the oases in the desert.
Some Arabs are settled in towns or oases, and others lead a wandering life.
There are periods in our history which form the oases in the desert of life.
No doubt this was one of the oases that are said to be dotted about the country.
1610s, from French oasis (18c.) and directly from Late Latin oasis, from Greek oasis, probably from Hamitic (cf. Coptic wahe, ouahe "oasis," properly "dwelling place," from ouih "dwell"). The same Egyptian source produced Arabic wahah.