semi·​ar·​id | \ ˌse-mē-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

Other Words from semiarid

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

Examples of semiarid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1930s, the federal government began to build a network of dams, pipelines, and canals that moved water from the state’s wetter north to farms in its semiarid south. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 16 Apr. 2020 This was apparently the case with the man who was bitten in late February by a puff adder, a venomous snake native to semiarid regions (i.e., not Ireland). Gillian Brockell,, 5 Mar. 2020 Contrary to these statements, Syria’s deserts are not very sandy but rather more dusty and semiarid. Siobhán O'grady And, Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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,, 10 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of semiarid

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiarid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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