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barren adj
1 providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape" [syn: bare, bleak, desolate, stark]
2 not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"
3 incapable of sustaining life; "the dead and barren Moon" n : an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert" [syn: waste, wasteland]

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English

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Adjective

  1. unable to bear children; sterile
    I silently wept as my daughter's husband rejected her. What would she do now that she was no longer a maiden but also barren?
  2. of poor fertility, infertile
  3. bleak

Translations

unable to bear children; sterile
infertile
bleak

Noun

  1. An area of low fertility and habitation, a desolate place.
    The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.

Basque

Adjective

barren

Extensive Definition

See also Barrens (disambiguation page)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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