characterized by very little annual rainfall, usually from 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 centimeters): the struggle to raise vegetables in semiarid regions.
- 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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How to use semiarid in a sentence
By 2030, the project aims to plant 100 million hectares of trees along the Sahel, the semiarid zone lining the desert’s southern edge.Africa’s ‘Great Green Wall’ could have far-reaching climate effects | Carolyn Gramling | January 3, 2022 | Science News
Later studies of pollen and plants preserved near Brontosaurus fossils have shown that the dino stomped through a semiarid landscape, no floaties needed.50 years ago, scientists made the case for a landlubbing Brontosaurus | Bethany Brookshire | January 29, 2021 | Science News
Arid and extremely arid land are deserts, and semiarid grasslands generally are referred to as steppes.Deserts | A. S. Walker
These animals are usually restricted to sandy soils in semiarid regions.Speciation in the Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ordii | Henry W. Setzer
Irrigation problems in our semiarid regions are receiving careful and increased consideration.Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2. | William McKinley
British Dictionary definitions for semiarid
characterized by scanty rainfall and scrubby vegetation, often occurring in continental interiors: the semiarid regions of Australia
- semiaridity, noun
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Scientific definitions for semiarid
Having low precipitation but able to support grassland and scrubby vegetation. Steppes have semiarid climates.
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