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sky island

sky island  n.— «As breezes from the Gulf of Mexico lift over the Chiricahua Mountains, an exceptional amount of rain falls on this desert region, which has bee aptly called a “sky island.” The volcanic soil among the rock and...

sky island

sky island  n.— «From a parched sea of desert in southeastern Arizona, Mt. Graham rises 2 miles to a crested summit above the clouds. Isolated in time and space for 11,000 years, the mountain is what biologists call a sky island, “a...

Aspenize

Aspenize  v.— «Great numbers of the newcomers object strenously to what is termed “the Aspenizing of Bisbee” and the effects of a tourist boom on a dirt-cheap economy that one city councilman estimates is 75 percent dependent...

Aspenize

Aspenize  v.— «The planning industry has a term for it: “Aspenizing.” “You’re getting so affluent you can’t live there,” Carpenter said. “Nobody can live there.” Restrictive zoning in the celebrity-laden...

junque

junque  n.— «The pots made from old gasoline cans and decorated with “flowers” made from reused stove knobs give you an idea of just how passionate Little is about gardening with, as she calls it, “junque...

bajador

bajador  n.— «Even the gentler smugglers are routinely armed with assault rifles, shotguns or pistols. Firepower serves to intimidate clients who might try to escape. It also defends against so-called bajadores, bandits who kidnap...

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