- characterized by very little annual rainfall, usually from 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 cm): the struggle to raise vegetables in semiarid regions.
Origin of semiarid
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Examples from the Web for semi-arid
It tells the story of the semi-arid region where it was born.Indian Story and Song
Alice C. Fletcher
In semi-arid regions, between 1000 and 2500 feet, a water-rent of 1, 10s.
Alfalfa is grown extensively in the semi-arid regions of the country.The First Book of Farming
Charles L. Goodrich
The semi-arid Plains of Tehuantepec apparently limit the distribution to the east.Middle American Frogs of the Hyla microcephala Group
William E. Duellman
The digger pine is a western California tree of the semi-arid foothill country.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
- characterized by scanty rainfall and scrubby vegetation, often occurring in continental interiorsthe semiarid regions of Australia
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Word Origin and History for semi-arid
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having low precipitation but able to support grassland and scrubby vegetation. Steppes have semiarid climates.
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