semi·​des·​ert | \ ˌse-mē-ˈde-zərt How to pronounce semidesert (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semidesert

: an arid area that has some of the characteristics of a desert but has greater annual precipitation

Examples of semidesert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The largest scientific structure ever powers up in Africa Towering above an ancient seabed in the Karoo—a remote semidesert in South Africa—is a seven-story dish antenna that will soon begin scanning the universe for its deepest secrets. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, "Earth's Largest Scientific Structure, a WhatsApp Flaw, and More News," 17 Dec. 2019 This dish antenna rises seven stories above an ancient seabed in the Karoo, a remote semidesert in South Africa. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "The Largest Scientific Structure Ever Powers Up in Africa," 17 Dec. 2019 At the very least, the monsoonal flow gives Los Angeles a sticky, tropical feel, making a dry semidesert uncharacteristically muggy. Los Angeles Times, "Why is L.A. getting so much rain in July? Understanding the summer bumper," 24 July 2019 Within days, the deaths of the four American soldiers in the remote West African semidesert had veered into the incendiary issue of race relations in the United States. Thomas Gibbons-neff, Helene Cooper And Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Inquiry of Soldiers’ Deaths Urges Curtailing West Africa Missions," 9 Feb. 2018

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Semidesert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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