semi·​ar·​id | \ -ˈer-əd How to pronounce semiarid (audio) , -ˈa-rəd, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semiarid

: characterized by light rainfall especially : having from about 10 to 20 inches (25 to 51 centimeters) of annual precipitation

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semiaridity \ ˌse-​mē-​ə-​ˈri-​də-​tē How to pronounce semiaridity (audio) , -​er-​ˈi-​ , -​ˌa-​ri-​ , ˌse-​ˌmī-​ , -​mi-​ \ noun

Examples of semiarid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Contrary to these statements, Syria’s deserts are not very sandy but rather more dusty and semiarid. Siobhán O'grady And, Washington Post, "Nine head-scratching moments from Trump’s Syria remarks at the White House," 23 Oct. 2019 In the semiarid hills of the Nebraska Panhandle and eastern Wyoming, where summer rains are rare, farmers depend on irrigation water diverted from rivers through a network of canals and tunnels. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "America’s Farmers, Reeling From Floods, Face a New Problem: No Water," 29 July 2019 Now, as concerns mount about the impact of climate change on the Sahel, the semiarid band of grassland south of the Sahara that is already one of the most impoverished regions on earth, the Great Green Wall is filling a new role. Aryn Baker / Mbar Toubab, Time, "Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa?," 12 Sep. 2019 This is Texas east of the Pecos, a land of cowpokes and unending fields of cotton, a crop that loves the merciless sun of its semiarid climate. Mary Ann Anderson, Twin Cities, "Lubbock is smack in middle of nowhere — and everywhere," 20 July 2019 This is a land of caprock, cowpokes and unending fields of cotton, a crop that loves the merciless sun of its semiarid climate. Mary Ann Anderson,, "Lots to love in Lubbock, a West Texas town with a cowboy past and a bright future," 18 July 2019 The vast expanse of desert and semiarid land is home to militants with ties to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Danielle Paquette,, "At least 95 slain in Mali village amid surge in ethnic, extremist violence," 10 June 2019 Its capital has become ground zero for a multibillion-dollar Western project to halt the migrant trail from West Africa toward the Mediterranean and combat the expansion of jihadist activity across the Sahel, the semiarid region south of the Sahara. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "‘A Nest of Spies’: Niger’s Deserts Become Front Line of Fight Against Jihadism," 17 Sep. 2018 This salt is not for use in arid and semiarid regions, where soils are high in sodium. Beth Hanson, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthier Crops Using These Natural Nitrogen Sources," 24 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of semiarid

1880, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2019

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“Semiarid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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