semiarid

[ sem-ee-ar-id, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm iˈær ɪd, ˌsɛm aɪ- /

adjective (of a region, land, etc.)

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

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Origin of semiarid

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

OTHER WORDS FROM semiarid

sem·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 semiarid

semiarid
/ (ˌsɛmɪˈærɪd) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of semiarid

semiaridity, noun
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Scientific definitions for semiarid

semiarid
[ sĕm′ē-ărĭd ]

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