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[sem-ee-dez-ert, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈdɛz ərt, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
an extremely dry area characterized by sparse vegetation.
Origin of semidesert
First recorded in 1840-50; semi- + desert1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A spring here betrays the reason for El Morro's popularity among the explorers of a semidesert region.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • The trap was set in front of a hole in the semidesert area 12 miles south of San Carlos.

  • As a rough guess, beyond those tremendous highlands lay the plains of Lower Argentina—the black, wind-swept, semidesert pampas.

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