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desart (plural desarts)

  1. Obsolete spelling of desert
    • 1591, Edmund Spenser, The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume 5[1]:
      So thou both here and there immortall art, And everie where through excellent desart.
    • 1697, Virgil; John Dryden, transl., “The Eighth Book of the Æneis”, in The Works of Virgil: [], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432, lines 252–255, page 441:
      See, from afar, yon Rock that mates the Sky, / About whoſe Feet ſuch Heaps of Rubbiſh lye: / Such indigeſted Ruin; bleak and bare, / How deſart now it ſtands, expos'd in Air!
    • 1786, Boswell, Life Of Johnson, Volume 5[2]:
      Probably he had been thinking of the whole of the simile in Cato, of which that is the concluding line; the sandy desart had struck him so strongly.
    • 1871, James Fenimore Cooper, Wyandotte[3]:
      We are like people on a desart island, out here in the wilderness--and if ships won't arrive to tell us how matters come on, we must send one out to l'arn it for us.