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 (sĕm′ē-dĕz′ərt, sĕm′ī-)
A semiarid area often located between a desert and a grassland or woodland.
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(ˌsɛm iˈdɛz ərt, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

an extremely dry area characterized by sparse vegetation.
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Noun1.semidesert - a region much like a desert but usually located between a desert and the surrounding regions
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The Przewalskii steppe vole, Eolagurus przewalskii has a broad range across the semidesert and desert zone of Mongolia, but the findings of this species are rare.
Husneyov EF (2006) The prey of the lynx spider Oxyopes globifer (Araneae, Oxyopidae) associated with a semidesert dwarf shrub in Azerbaijan.
Throop HL, Archer SR (2008) Shrub (Prosopis velutina) encroachment in a semidesert grassland: spatial-temporal changes in soil organic carbon and nitrogen pools.
Central Patagonia is dominated by vast steppe-like plains of desert and semidesert which extend from the Andes mountain range to the Atlantic Ocean where former rivers that flowed from the Andes to the Atlantic have cut deep, wide valleys into the region, bordered by high cliffs.
JAWAHAR KALA KENDRA (JKK), [phrase omitted] Jaipur's art center, could be considered an oasis within a semidesert city.
Major vegetation communities included desert and semidesert grassland, Chihuahuan desert scrub, and Great Basin conifer woodland (Muldavin et al., 2000).
Their survival, always an against-the-odds battle with the harsh climate in this arid, semidesert area, is even more remarkable now, as the Northern Cape, along with other parts of this nation, has been in the grip of a persistent drought for four years.
Population ecology, water relations, and social behavior of a southern California semidesert rodent fauna.
Large tracts of the park are covered with sand and can be classified as a coastal semidesert. The National Park includes the creek of the Hingol River which supports a significant diversity of bird and fish species.
The most arid country in sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia contains the majority of the Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, and a large portion of the dry Kalahari savannah and semidesert region (Barnard et al.
This study was conducted during 2009-2014 on two sites in the semidesert and plains grasslands of Santa Cruz County, southeastern Arizona: the Audubon Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch (Audubon) (lat: 31[degrees]36'4"N; long: -110[degrees]30'40"W; elev: 1497 m) located south of the town of Elgin and the Davis pasture on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (Davis) (lat: 31[degrees]41'42"N; long: -110[degrees]35'46 "W; elev: 1430 m) located east of the town of Sonoita.