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noun oa·sis \ō-ˈā-səs\

: an area in a desert where there is water and plants

: a pleasant place that is surrounded by something unpleasant

: a time or experience that is pleasant and restful

plural oa·ses \-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of OASIS

:  a fertile or green area in an arid region (as a desert)
:  something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast

Examples of OASIS

  1. The small park is a welcome oasis amid the city's many factories.
  2. Our brief trip to the beach was a much-needed oasis in a summer of hard work.

Origin of OASIS

Late Latin, from Greek
First Known Use: 1613

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra
OASIS Defined for Kids


noun oa·sis \ō-ˈā-səs\
plural oa·ses \-ˌsēz\

Definition of OASIS for Kids

:  a fertile or green spot in a desert


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