Definition of Sonoran in English:



  • Relating to, denoting, or characteristic of a biogeographical region including desert areas of the south-western US and central Mexico.

    • ‘I use Sonoran desert native plants: juniper berries, pinon gum, brittlebush gum (a yellow-flowered medicinal shrub that is sometimes used as incense in Mexican churches), and osha root.’
    • ‘We want to make sure that our children do not have to go to a preserve to witness the joy of the unique and fragile Sonoran desert.’
    • ‘His grandfather had fled the shackles of peonage in the 1880s and homesteaded this tract of Sonoran desert.’
    • ‘However, the Sonoran region is characterized by great variability in annual precipitation, which is one of the most important factors affecting quail populations.’
    • ‘The landscape in question is not Central Australia but the Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona, USA.’


Late 19th century: from Sonora + -an.