- 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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But the action of wind is most strikingly effective in desert and semiarid regions.Geology
William J. Miller
Because of its semiarid climate, the State has only 600 square miles of wooded area.North Dakota
These animals are usually restricted to sandy soils in semiarid regions.Speciation in the Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ordii
Henry W. Setzer
Most of the area in which T. ornata occurs is semiarid or arid.
Arid and extremely arid land are deserts, and semiarid grasslands generally are referred to as steppes.Deserts
A. S. Walker
- characterized by scanty rainfall and scrubby vegetation, often occurring in continental interiorsthe semiarid regions of Australia
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- Having low precipitation but able to support grassland and scrubby vegetation. Steppes have semiarid climates.
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