saharan

Sahara

[suh-har-uh, -hair-uh, -hahr-uh]
noun
1.
a desert in N Africa, extending from the Atlantic to the Nile valley. About 3,500,000 sq. mi. (9,065,000 sq. km).
2.
any arid waste.

Saharan, Saharian, adjective
trans-Sahara, adjective
trans-Saharan, adjective
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Sahara (səˈhɑːrə)
 
n
a desert in N Africa, extending from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and from the Mediterranean to central Mali, Niger, Chad, and the Sudan: the largest desert in the world, occupying over a quarter of Africa; rises to over 3300 m (11 000 ft) in the central mountain system of the Ahaggar and Tibesti massifs; large reserves of iron ore, oil, and natural gas. Area: 9 100 000 sq km (3 500 000 sq miles). Average annual rainfall: less than 254 mm (10 in.). Highest recorded temperature: 58°C (136.4°F)

Saharan (səˈhɑːrən)
 
n
1.  a group of languages spoken in parts of Chad and adjacent countries, now generally regarded as forming a branch of the Nilo-Saharan family
 
adj
2.  relating to or belonging to this group of languages
3.  of or relating to the Sahara

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Sahara
1613, from Ar. çahra "desert" (pl. çahara), according to Klein, "prop. fem. of the adj. asharu 'yellowish red,' used as a noun."
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Sahara definition


Desert in northern Africa.

Note: At approximately 3.5 million square miles, it is the world's largest desert.
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