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Gobi

[goh-bee]
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noun
  1. a desert in E Asia, mostly in Mongolia. About 500,000 sq. mi. (1,295,000 sq. km).
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Chinese Sha·mo [shah-maw] /ˈʃɑˈmɔ/.
Related formsGo·bi·an, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • You'll find the Shamo all dotted out on the maps; but it's faked dope.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

  • He'd been all over the Shamo, and the big Sahara's a park to it.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

  • Still, Charlie thought the Shamo might be a low plain, and he thought he might find something in it.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

  • You've heard of the hemp-chewers and the betel-chewers; well, all that's baby-food to a thing they've got in the Shamo.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

  • After entering upon the district of Shamo, Barth observed that millet became rare, and that the sorghum was generally cultivated.

    Some Heroes of Travel

    W. H. Davenport Adams


British Dictionary definitions for shamo

Shamo

noun
  1. transliteration of the Chinese name for the Gobi
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Gobi

noun
  1. a desert in E Asia, mostly in Mongolia and the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China: sometimes considered to include all the arid regions east of the Pamirs and north of the plateau of Tibet and the Great Wall of China: one of the largest deserts in the world. Length: about 1600 km (1000 miles). Width: about 1000 km (625 miles). Average height: 900 m (3000 ft)Chinese name: Shamo
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Word Origin and History for shamo

Gobi

desert in central Asia, from Mongolian gobi "desert." Gobi Desert is thus a pleonasm (see Sahara).

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