Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A desert of southeast Mongolia and northern China. It consists mainly of a series of shallow alkaline basins.

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  • proper n. A large desert in Asia, spanning the countries of Mongolia and China.

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  • n. a desert in central China

Etymologies

From Mongolian Говь (Gov') (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fewer than 1,000 individuals survive in Gobi desert.

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  • ‘The expansion of the Gobi is attributed mostly to human activities, notably deforestation, overgrazing, overconsumption of water resources, and global warming.

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  • Terence was kind enough to give me a photo of our grand- dog "Gobi"-- the black female on the left-- with him and his older classic lurcher "Percy" on the left.

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  • The rock surrounding the fossil, known as Gobi sand matrix, is very soft

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  • For most of the year, the Gobi was a land hostile to human existence—desolate, dry, and brutally cold—but in late February, hostile was an understatement.

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  • Also engaging in the Gobi was the charming, rootsy, Spanish pop-rock of Julieta Venegas.

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  • In the central part of the plateau is a huge depression which the Mongol calls Gobi, the "Desert," or Shamo, the "Great Sand," and the Chinese, Han-Hai, or "Rainless Sea."

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  • Before their eyes there stretches not the cultivated steppe of the Lob Nor region, but the Gobi, which is barren, desolate and gloomy, according to the reports of Grjimailo, Blanc and Martin.

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  • The Gobi, which is about 1600 km in extent from east to west and about 1000 km from north to south, has a total area of 1 300 000 sq km, making it the largest desert in Asia and the fourth largest in the world.

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  • The Gobi, which is Mongolian for 'waterless place', receives no more than 200 to 250 mm of rain along the northern and eastern edges, but only its southeastern portion is completely waterless.

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