from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A semiarid area often located between a desert and a grassland or woodland.
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- n. A semiarid region, approaching desert.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Half-desert; mostly barren, with a sparse vegetation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a region much like a desert but usually located between a desert and the surrounding regions
Native to South Africa, ostriches long roamed a vast semidesert plain called the Karoo.
Natural vegetation ranges from Douglas-fir forest on steep, north-facing slopes at higher elevations to desert and semidesert grassland or shrubland on lower, drier sites.
In winter, seasonal changes force many birds and mammals to move from the mountains into the sagebrush semidesert, where they find suitable habitat alongside the area's permanent residents.
Mali is among the poorest countries in the world, with 65% of its land area desert or semidesert and with a highly unequal distribution of income.
Scattered shrubs and low trees sometimes grow in the steppe; all gradations of cover are present, from semidesert to woodland.
The vegetation is steppe, sometimes called shortgrass prairie, and semidesert.
Recently, semidesert shrub vegetation seems to have invaded wide areas of the Western United States that were formerly steppe grasslands, due to overgrazing and trampling by livestock.
In the intermountain region of the Western United States between the Pacific coast and Rocky Mountains, the temperate desert has characteristics of a sagebrush (Artemisia) semidesert, with a very pronounced drought season and a short humid season.
Temperate desert climates support the sparse xerophytic shrub vegetation typical of semidesert.
The lower slopes of the mountains and the basal plain are dominated by sagebrush semidesert or steppe.
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