American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by relatively low annual rainfall of 25 to 50 centimeters (10 to 20 inches) and having scrubby vegetation with short, coarse grasses; not completely arid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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- adj. Somewhat arid, receiving little rainfall but more than an arid area would. Typically defined as 25 to 50 cm or 10 to 20 inches of rainfall annually.
- adj. somewhat arid
- semi- + arid (Wiktionary)
“The transition regions between deserts and grasslands are sometimes called semiarid deserts (e.g. the Great Basin of the western United States).”
“The Chacoan peccary is specialised for life in semiarid forests and steppes.”
“The region was described as semiarid; the nearest weather station, Lehman Caves National Monument, about 4 miles east and 3000 ft lower, had a mean annual rainfall of 12.8 20 years to 1964.”
“Colorado Springs is classified as semiarid, or half-desert, because it normally get 16 ...”
“You can't grow plants native to the semiarid Middle East in Florida.”
“Drought declarations may attract headlines, but they are meaningless in semiarid regions where dry years are endemic and drought cycles are a way of life.”
“If left unaddressed, then you could have a network that ranges from East Africa through the center and into the Sahel semiarid region and Maghreb, and I think that would be very, very worrying," he said.”
“Especially in semiarid regions like Israel, this retention of water is of vital importance.”
“In this semiarid land water was the great wealth, then as now.”
“Climate: Tropical; semiarid where mountains in east cut off trade winds.”
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