Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

semi- +‎ desert (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Native to South Africa, ostriches long roamed a vast semidesert plain called the Karoo.

    Bird-Watching

  • 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.

    Ecoregions of Utah (EPA)

  • 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.

    Intermountain Semidesert Province (Bailey)

  • 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.

    Mali

  • Scattered shrubs and low trees sometimes grow in the steppe; all gradations of cover are present, from semidesert to woodland.

    Temperate Steppe Division (Bailey)

  • The vegetation is steppe, sometimes called shortgrass prairie, and semidesert.

    Temperate Steppe Division (Bailey)

  • 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.

    Temperate Desert Division (Bailey)

  • 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 Division (Bailey)

  • Temperate desert climates support the sparse xerophytic shrub vegetation typical of semidesert.

    Temperate Desert Division (Bailey)

  • The lower slopes of the mountains and the basal plain are dominated by sagebrush semidesert or steppe.

    Middle Rocky Mountain Steppe - Coniferous Forest - Alpine Meadow Province (Bailey)

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