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afflict

to bring or cause pain and suffering

affliction

a condition of pain, suffering, or trouble

barren

not fruitful

barren

not reproducing

consist

to be made up

consist

to contain

drought

a long period without rain

erode

to wear away bit by bit

erode

to wear away by action of wind, water, or ice

erosion

the process or state of eroding

expand

to make or become larger

expand

to give further details of

expansion

the act, process, or result of enlarging

famine

a widespread and long-lasting shortage of food that may cause starvation

fertile

able to produce good crops

fertile

able to produce offspring

fertile

able to produce ideas

fertile

inventive

oasis

a place where there is water in an otherwise dry area

pasture

a field of growing grass where animals can eat

pasture

a meadow

pasture

to put animals out in a field to eat grass

primitive

from earliest times

primitive

ancient

primitive

simple or crude

refuge

shelter or protection from harm

refuge

a place of safety

refugee

a person forced to leave her or his home or country seeking protection from danger

revert

to go back to an earlier condition, often one that is not as satisfactory

teem

to be filled

teem

to occur in large n umbers

wither

to become dried out

wither

to lose freshness

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