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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.
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(Physical Geography) the relatively dry area on the leeward side of high ground in the path of rain-bearing winds
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|Noun||1.||rain shadow - an area that has little precipitation because some barrier causes the winds to lose their moisture before reaching it|
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