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


(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 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.
Site-based and modeling studies of these semidesert grasslands have reported declines in native perennial grasses and increases in nonnative and opportunistic species following prolonged droughts with below average precipitation and above average temperatures (Munson et al.
Monte Desert is a subtropical to warm temperate desert and semidesert located in western Argentina (Abraham et al.
Using distance sampling to estimate seasonal densities of desert mule deer in a semidesert grassland.
In this study, I analyzed the diet of the Great Horned Owl along a vegetation gradient from a farmland (an artificial grassland and parkland), through a natural grassland, to a semidesert with sparse grass and shrub vegetation.
They are native to prairies and semidesert areas across Eurasia.
3bn development is rolled out in the remote semidesert, hard-pressed communities, towns, villages and hamlets will feel the effects of the sudden boom and wonder what the burst of economic activity will mean to them.