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rain shadow

noun, Meteorology.
a region in the lee of mountains that receives less rainfall than the region windward of the mountains.
Origin of rain shadow
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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rain shadow

the relatively dry area on the leeward side of high ground in the path of rain-bearing winds
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rain shadow  
An area having relatively little precipitation due to the effect of a topographic barrier, especially a mountain range, that causes the prevailing winds to lose their moisture on the windward side, causing the leeward side to be dry.
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