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Gobi

[goh-bee] /ˈgoʊ bi/
noun
1.
a desert in E Asia, mostly in Mongolia. About 500,000 sq. mi. (1,295,000 sq. km).
Chinese Shamo
[shah-maw] /ˈʃɑˈmɔ/ (Show IPA)
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Related forms
Gobian, adjective
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  • After entering upon the district of shamo, Barth observed that millet became rare, and that the sorghum was generally cultivated.

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  • You'll find the shamo all dotted out on the maps; but it's faked dope.

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  • He'd been all over the shamo, and the big Sahara's a park to it.

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  • Still, Charlie thought the shamo might be a low plain, and he thought he might find something in it.

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  • You've heard of the hemp-chewers and the betel-chewers; well, all that's baby-food to a thing they've got in the shamo.

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British Dictionary definitions for shamo

Shamo

/ˈʃɑːˈməʊ/
noun
1.
transliteration of the Chinese name for the Gobi

Gobi

/ˈɡəʊbɪ/
noun
1.
a desert in E Asia, mostly in Mongolia and the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China: sometimes considered to include all the arid regions east of the Pamirs and north of the plateau of Tibet and the Great Wall of China: one of the largest deserts in the world. Length: about 1600 km (1000 miles). Width: about 1000 km (625 miles). Average height: 900 m (3000 ft) Chinese name Shamo
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Word Origin and History for shamo

Gobi

desert in central Asia, from Mongolian gobi "desert." Gobi Desert is thus a pleonasm (see Sahara).

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