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a.1.Having no fountain; destitute of springs or sources of water.
Barren desert, fountainless and dry.
- Milton.
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Fertil of corn the glebe, of oil, and wine; With herds the pasture thronged, with flocks the hills; Huge cities and high-towered, that well might seem The seats of mightiest monarchs; and so large The prospect was that here and there was room For barren desert, fountainless and dry.
Despite structural difficulties resulting from the use of the traditional domed-square motif to effect a semi-elliptical form, the fountainless court of the Nuruosmaniye comes closer to the spirit of the European baroque than any other eighteenth-century mosque.