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1 causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest
  • an arid speech about duty and responsibility

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2 marked by little or no precipitation or humidity
  • arid wastelands unfit for human habitation

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The first known use of arid was in 1652

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“Arid.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/arid. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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