oasis

[oh-ey-sis]
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noun, plural o·a·ses [oh-ey-seez] /oʊˈeɪ siz/.
  1. a small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or well.
  2. something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.: The library was an oasis of calm in the hectic city.

Origin of oasis

1605–15; < Late Latin < Greek óasis (Herodotus) < Egyptian wḥʾt oasis, oasis region
Related formso·a·sit·ic [oh-uh-sit-ik] /ˌoʊ əˈsɪt ɪk/, o·a·sal, o·a·se·an [oh-ey-see-uhn] /oʊˈeɪ si ən/, adjective

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Historical Examples of oasis

  • It was an oasis of natural splendor in the heart of a calm sea of green grass.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • It fell like an oasis over the solemn company walking there.

  • The thirsty traveler in the desert places had come to the oasis of her dreams.

  • The oasis was of small extent, extending but two hundred yards across.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

  • My father's tribe live in the oasis ten miles east of the old lake.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty


British Dictionary definitions for oasis

oasis

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. a fertile patch in a desert occurring where the water table approaches or reaches the ground surface
  2. a place of peace, safety, or happiness in the midst of trouble or difficulty

Word Origin for oasis

C17: via Latin from Greek, probably of Egyptian origin

Oasis

noun
  1. trademark a block of light porous material, used as a base for flower arrangements
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Word Origin and History for oasis
n.

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.

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oasis in Science

oasis

[ō-āsĭs]
Plural oases (ō-āsēz)
  1. A small area in a desert that has a supply of water and is able to support vegetation. An oasis forms when groundwater lies close enough to the surface to form a spring or to be reached by wells.
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