Of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate; solitary; as, they landed on a desert island. "He . . . Went aside privately into a desert place." (Luke ix. 10) "Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

<botany> " (Gray) Desert flora, an American mouse (Hesperomys eremicus), living in the Western deserts.

Origin: Cf. L. Desertus, p. P. Of deserere, and F. Desert. See Desert.

(01 Mar 1998)