saksaul

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From Russian, from Kazakh.

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saksaul (plural saksauls)

  1. A leafless shrub with greenish branches which grows on the Asian steppes.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 844-5:
      Oases, or distant smoky blurs of saksaul trees, appeared like moments of remission in lives of misfortune—rumored, hallucinated, prayed for, not always where they were supposed to be.