oasal

oasis

[oh-ey-sis]
noun, plural oases [oh-ey-seez] .
1.
a small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or well.
2.
something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.: The library was an oasis of calm in the hectic city.

Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin < Greek óasis (Herodotus) < Egyptian wḥʾt oasis, oasis region

oasitic [oh-uh-sit-ik] , oasal, oasean [oh-ey-see-uhn] , adjective


2. haven, harbor, retreat, shelter.
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oasis (əʊˈeɪsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
1.  a fertile patch in a desert occurring where the water table approaches or reaches the ground surface
2.  a place of peace, safety, or happiness in the midst of trouble or difficulty
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek, probably of Egyptian origin]

Oasis (əʊˈeɪsɪs)
 
n
trademark a block of light porous material, used as a base for flower arrangements

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oasis
1613, from Fr., from L.L., from Gk. oasis, probably from Hamitic (cf. Coptic wahe, ouahe "dwelling place, oasis," from ouih "dwell"). The same Egyptian source produced Arabic wah.
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oasis   (ō-ā'sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural oases (ō-ā'sēz)
A small area in a desert that has a supply of water and is able to support vegetation. An oasis forms when groundwater lies close enough to the surface to form a spring or to be reached by wells.
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OASIS
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