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desart (plural desarts)
- Obsolete spelling of
- 1591, Edmund Spenser, The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume 5:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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.