rain shadow

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rain shadow

n.
An area having relatively little precipitation due to the effect of a barrier, such as a mountain range, that causes the prevailing winds to lose their moisture before reaching it.

rain shadow

n
(Physical Geography) the relatively dry area on the leeward side of high ground in the path of rain-bearing winds
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Noun1.rain shadow - an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"