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barren

adjective

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1 producing inferior or only a small amount of vegetation
  • if tobacco fields aren't allowed to lie idle once every few years, they will become barren

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2 not able to produce fruit or offspring
  • the pear tree appears to be barren

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4 utterly lacking in something needed, wanted, or expected
  • their proposal for revitalizing the downtown business district is utterly barren of useful ideas

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barren

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land that is uninhabited or not fit for crops
  • lived out in the barrens where it was impossible to grow anything

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bare, naked, nude, bald, barren mean deprived of naturally or conventionally appropriate covering. bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable. an apartment with bare walls naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness. poor half-naked children nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure. a nude model posing for art students bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness. a bald mountain peak barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility. barren plains

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The first known use of barren was in the 13th century

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“Barren.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/barren. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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