desertness

noun
des·​ert·​ness | \ ˈdezə(r)tnə̇s \
plural -es

Definition of desertness

: the condition of being like a desert that air of spellbound desertness which so significantly invests the isles— Herman Melville

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History and Etymology for desertness

Middle English desertnes, from desert entry 2 + -nes -ness

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“Desertness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desertness. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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