Sahara


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Sahara

Sa·har·a

 (sə-hâr′ə, -hăr′ə, -hä′rə)
A vast desert of northern Africa extending east from the Atlantic coast to the Red Sea and south from the Atlas Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea to the Sahel. About 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, the Sahara was a region of savanna vegetation and extensive surface water, most of which had disappeared by Roman times. Introduction of the camel (probably in the first century ad) led to occupation by nomadic tribes who moved from oasis to oasis in search of water.

Sa·har′an adj. & n.

Sahara

(səˈhɑːrə)
n
(Placename) 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)

Sa•har•a

(səˈhær ə, -ˈhɛər ə, -ˈhɑr ə)

n.
a desert in N Africa, extending from the Atlantic to the Nile valley. ab. 3,500,000 sq. mi. (9,065,000 sq. km).
Sa•har′an, Sa•har′i•an, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sahara - the world's largest desert (3,500,000 square miles) in northern AfricaSahara - the world's largest desert (3,500,000 square miles) in northern Africa
Libyan Desert - the northeastern part of the Sahara Desert in Libya and Egypt and Sudan
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Tuareg - a member of a nomadic Berber people of the Sahara
Translations
Sahara
Sahara
Sahara
Sahara
Szahara
サハラ砂漠
사하라
Saharaöknen
ทะเลทรายซาฮารา
sa mạc Sahara

Sahara

[səˈhɑːrə] NSáhara m
the Sahara Desertel (desierto del) Sáhara

Sahara

[səˈhɑːrə] n
the Sahara → le Sahara m

Sahara

nSahara f; the Sahara Desertdie (Wüste) Sahara

Sahara

[səˈhɑːrə] n the Sahara (Desert)il (deserto del) Sahara

Sahara

الصَحْراءُ الكُبْرى Sahara Sahara Sahara Σαχάρα Sahara Sahara Sahara Sahara Sahara サハラ砂漠 사하라 Sahara Sahara Sahara Saara, Sara Сахара Saharaöknen ทะเลทรายซาฮารา Sahra sa mạc Sahara 萨哈拉沙漠
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I'll do anything if you'll let me stop a bit, for it's as dull as the Desert of Sahara down there.
Nevertheless the sun hides not Virginia's Dismal Swamp, nor Rome's accursed Campagna, nor wide Sahara, nor all the millions of miles of deserts and of griefs beneath the moon.
I knew he had lately been offered a situation in the Great Sahara, where lions and sandflies made the hermit-life peculiarly attractive and difficult, and had gone to Africa to take possession, so I thought I would look in and see how the atmosphere of this den agreed with its reputation.
He held out his Sahara of his palm, and the Reverend laid his diminutive hand in it, and got so cordial a shake that we heard his glove burst under it.
Well, now, you can see, yourself, that when you come to spread a little dab of people like that over these hundreds of billions of miles of American territory here in heaven, it is like scattering a ten-cent box of homoeopathic pills over the Great Sahara and expecting to find them again.
The gushing fountains which sparkle in the sun, must not be stopped in mere caprice; the oasis in the desert of Sahara must not be plucked up idly.
This was no case for the modern detective of civilization, yet several of these threw themselves into the search--the bones of some are already bleaching beneath the African sun upon the silent sands of the Sahara.
There it lay stretching out into one interminable line of dust and sand, with its sides bordered by tall, meagre trees, altogether presenting so uninviting an appearance, that no one in his senses could have imagined that any traveller, at liberty to regulate his hours for journeying, would choose to expose himself in such a formidable Sahara.
I had been standing with my face to the window and, I declare, not knowing what I was looking at across the road - the Desert of Sahara or a wall of bricks, a landscape of rivers and forests or only the Consulate of Paraguay.
We needed no one to point it out--we did not wish any one to point it out--we would recognize it even in the desert of the great Sahara.
On the north, the young Duveyrier was exploring Sahara, and bringing the chiefs of the Touaregs to Paris.
While they could locate the Desert of Sahara or the capital of China on an artificial globe, I found out that the girls could not locate the proper places for the knives and forks on an actual dinner-table, or the places on which the bread and meat should be set.