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oasis

[oh-ey-sis] /oʊˈeɪ sɪs/
noun, plural oases
[oh-ey-seez] /oʊˈeɪ siz/ (Show IPA)
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
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin < Greek óasis (Herodotus) < Egyptian wḥʾt oasis, oasis region
Related forms
oasitic
[oh-uh-sit-ik] /ˌoʊ əˈsɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
oasal, oasean
[oh-ey-see-uh n] /oʊˈeɪ si ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
2. haven, harbor, retreat, shelter.
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British Dictionary definitions for oasitic

oasis

/əʊˈeɪsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
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
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek, probably of Egyptian origin

Oasis

/əʊˈeɪsɪs/
noun
1.
trademark a block of light porous material, used as a base for flower arrangements
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Word Origin and History for oasitic

oasis

n.

1610s, from French oasis (18c.) and directly from Late Latin oasis, from Greek oasis, probably from Hamitic (cf. Coptic wahe, ouahe "oasis," properly "dwelling place," from ouih "dwell"). The same Egyptian source produced Arabic wahah.

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oasitic in Science
oasis
  (ō-ā'sĭs)   
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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