a region in the lee of mountains that receives less rainfall than the region windward of the mountains.
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Origin of rain shadow
First recorded in 1900–05
Words nearby rain shadow
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British Dictionary definitions for rain shadow
the relatively dry area on the leeward side of high ground in the path of rain-bearing winds
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Scientific definitions for 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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