arid·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ə-ˌri-də-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce aridification (audio)
: the gradual change of a region from a wetter to a drier climate
The onset of sudden aridification in Mesopotamia near 4100 calendar yr B. P. coincided with a widespread cooling in the North Atlantic …Peter B. de Menocal, Science, 27 Apr. 2001

Word History


arid + -ification

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aridification was in 1855

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“Aridification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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