semiarid

[ sem-ee-ar-id, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm iˈær ɪd, ˌsɛm aɪ- /
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adjective (of a region, land, etc.)

characterized by very little annual rainfall, usually from 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 cm): the struggle to raise vegetables in semiarid regions.

Nearby words

  1. semi-weekly,
  2. semiamateur,
  3. semiannual,
  4. semiaquatic,
  5. semiarch,
  6. semiattached,
  7. semiautobiographical,
  8. semiautomated,
  9. semiautomatic,
  10. semiautonomous

Origin of semiarid

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; semi- + arid

Related formssem·i·a·rid·ity [sem-ee-uh-rid-i-tee, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm i əˈrɪd ɪ ti, ˌsɛm aɪ-/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for semi-arid

semiarid

/ (ˌsɛmɪˈærɪd) /

adjective

characterized by scanty rainfall and scrubby vegetation, often occurring in continental interiorsthe semiarid regions of Australia
Derived Formssemiaridity, noun

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Word Origin and History for semi-arid

semi-arid

adj.

also semiarid, 1886, from semi- + arid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for semi-arid

semiarid

[ sĕm′ē-ărĭd ]

Having low precipitation but able to support grassland and scrubby vegetation. Steppes have semiarid climates.
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