Oasis

O"as*is

("*ss or *"ss; 277), n.;
pl. Oases (-sz).
[L., fr. Gr. 'o`asis; cf. Copt. ouahe.] A fertile or green spot in a waste or desert, esp. in a sandy desert, where the water table approaches the surface. [wns=1] "The Arab does not love the desert; the Arab loves the oasis and green fields."
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2. Hence: (fig.) Any refuge from a prevailing stressful, unpleasant, or annoying situation. [wns=2 & 3]
Syn. -- haven.
[PJC]

My one oasis in the dust and drouth
Of city life.
Tennyson.
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