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Sahara

[suh-har-uh, -hair-uh, -hahr-uh]
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noun
  1. a desert in N Africa, extending from the Atlantic to the Nile valley. About 3,500,000 sq. mi. (9,065,000 sq. km).
  2. any arid waste.
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Related formsSa·har·an, Sa·har·i·an, adjectivetrans-Sa·har·a, adjectivetrans-Sa·har·an, adjective
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Saharan

noun
  1. a group of languages spoken in parts of Chad and adjacent countries, now generally regarded as forming a branch of the Nilo-Saharan family
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adjective
  1. relating to or belonging to this group of languages
  2. of or relating to the Sahara
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Sahara

noun
  1. a desert in N Africa, extending from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and from the Mediterranean to central Mali, Niger, Chad, and the Sudan: the largest desert in the world, occupying over a quarter of Africa; rises to over 3300 m (11 000 ft) in the central mountain system of the Ahaggar and Tibesti massifs; large reserves of iron ore, oil, and natural gas. Area: 9 100 000 sq km (3 500 000 sq miles). Average annual rainfall: less than 254 mm (10 in.). Highest recorded temperature: 58°C (136.4°F)
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Word Origin and History for saharan

Sahara

1610s, from Arabic çahra "desert" (plural çahara), according to Klein, noun use of fem. of the adjective asharu "yellowish red." Related: Saharan.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

saharan in Culture

Sahara

Desert in northern Africa.

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Note

At approximately 3.5 million square miles, it is the world's largest desert.
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