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aridity

[ə′rid·əd·ē]
(climatology)
The degree to which a climate lacks effective, life-promoting moisture.
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So far as the eye might reach there was nothing but arid sweltering sand and karoo scrub.
From the summit of the hills Tarzan's keen eyes searched the arid landscape before him.
The hills, purple and arid, stood out heavily on the sky: their summits seemed to fade into a coloured tremble as of ascending vapour; their steep sides were streaked with the green of narrow ravines; at their foot lay rice-fields, plantain-patches, yellow sands.
3] We see nearly the whole of Australia covered by lofty trees, yet that country possesses a far more arid climate.
On the eastern side of the Cordillera, over the same extent of latitude, where a blue sky and a fine climate prove that the atmosphere has been deprived of its moisture by passing over the mountains, the arid plains of Patagonia support a most scanty vegetation.
He drew back his chair, clasped his hands over his head, and gave himself up to dull and arid musings.
They went into the barn, arid hauled their parcels with a bit of string to the top of the haymow.
He knew a way to the north and his own country that the white men did not know--a short cut across an arid plateau where lay water holes of which the white hunters and explorers that had passed from time to time the fringe of the dry country had never dreamed.
The travellers several times saw bands of ferocious Indians, who, when they perceived the elephant striding across-country, made angry arid threatening motions.
As the buffalo in countless throngs find their certain way in the transient pasturage on the prairies, along the fresh banks of the rivers, and up every valley and green defile of the mountains, so the salmon, at their allotted seasons, regulated by a sublime and all-seeing Providence, swarm in myriads up the great rivers, and find their way up their main branches, and into the minutest tributory streams; so as to pervade the great arid plains, and to penetrate even among barren mountains.
On the occasion, Dr Sarwat gave a detailed presentation on ongoing activities and new initiatives of the Arid University.
Yang Wenyu appreciated the excellent work of Arid University and said that both the institutes will continue working on this collaboration for the betterment of the students and teachers and the universities will get benefit from this program.