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[sem-ee-dez-ert, sem-ahy-]
  1. an extremely dry area characterized by sparse vegetation.
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Origin of semidesert

First recorded in 1840–50; semi- + desert1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for semidesert

Historical Examples

  • The trap was set in front of a hole in the semidesert area 12 miles south of San Carlos.

    The Recent Mammals of Tamaulipas, Mexico

    Ticul Alvarez

  • As a rough guess, beyond those tremendous highlands lay the plains of Lower Argentina—the black, wind-swept, semidesert pampas.

  • A spring here betrays the reason for El Morro's popularity among the explorers of a semidesert region.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard