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Do not confuse desert with dessert. Desert means 'a waterless, empty area' (the Sahara Desert) or 'leave someone or something' (he deserted her for another woman), whereas dessert means 'the sweet course of a meal' (an ice cream dessert).
Definition of desert
Middle English: via Old French from late Latin desertum 'something left waste', neuter past participle of deserere 'leave, forsake'