Barren

Definition of Barren

Bar´ren   Pronunciation: băr´ren
a.1.Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; - said of women and female animals.
She was barren of children.
- Bp. Hall.
2.Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile.
3.Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
Brilliant but barren reveries.
- Prescott.
Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter.
- Swift.
4.Mentally dull; stupid.
Barren flower
a flower which has only stamens without a pistil, or which has neither stamens nor pistils.
Barren Grounds
(Geog.) a vast tract in British America northward of the forest regions.
Barren Ground bear
(Zool.) a peculiar bear, inhabiting the Barren Grounds, now believed to be a variety of the brown bear of Europe.
Barren Ground caribou
(Zool.) a small reindeer (Rangifer Grœnlandicus) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and Greenland.
n.1.A tract of barren land.
2.Elevated lands or plains on which grow small trees, but not timber; as, pine barrens; oak barrens. They are not necessarily sterile, and are often fertile.

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