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.
(Science: 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.