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barren    音標拼音: [b'ærən] [b'ɛrən]
a. 不育的,貧瘠的
n. 荒地

不育的,貧瘠的荒地

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" [synonym: {bare}, {barren}, {bleak}, {desolate},
{stark}]
2: not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in
his marriage that he was sterile"
3: completely wanting or lacking; "writing barren of insight";
"young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of
literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning" [synonym:
{barren}, {destitute}, {devoid}, {free}, {innocent}]
n 1: an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for
cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the
trackless wastes of the desert" [synonym: {barren}, {waste},
{wasteland}]

Barren \Bar"ren\ (b[a^]r"ren), a. [OE. barein, OF. brehaing,
fem. brehaigne, baraigne, F. br['e]haigne; of uncertain
origin; cf. Arm. br['e]kha[~n], markha[~n], sterile; LL.
brana a sterile mare, principally in Aquitanian and Spanish
documents; Bisc. barau, baru, fasting.]
1. Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young;
sterile; -- said of women and female animals.
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She was barren of children. --Bp. Hall.
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2. Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile.
"Barren mountain tracts." --Macaulay.
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3. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
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Brilliant but barren reveries. --Prescott.
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Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter.
--Swift.
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4. Mentally dull; stupid. --Shak.
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{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
Gr[oe]nlandicus}) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and
Greenland.
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Barren \Bar"ren\, n.
1. A tract of barren land.
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2. pl. 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. [Amer.]
--J. Pickering.
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160 Moby Thesaurus words for "barren":
abortive, acarpous, arid, bare, blah, bland, blank, bleached,
bleak, bloodless, bootless, celibate, characterless, childless,
clear, cold, colorless, counterproductive, dead, depleted, desert,
desolate, devoid, dismal, draggy, drained, drearisome, dreary,
dried-up, dry, dryasdust, dull, dusty, earthbound, effete,
elephantine, empty, etiolated, exhausted, fade, fallow, fatuitous,
fatuous, featureless, feckless, flat, fruitless, futile, gainless,
gaunt, gelded, heavy, ho-hum, hollow, impotent, impoverished,
inadequate, inane, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious,
inexcitable, infecund, infertile, inoperative, insipid, invalid,
irreclaimable, issueless, jejune, leached, leaden, lifeless,
literal, low-spirited, menopausal, mundane, nonfertile,
nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific, nonremunerative,
nugacious, nugatory, null, null and void, of no force, otiose,
pale, pallid, parched, pedestrian, plodding, pointless, poky,
ponderous, poor, profitless, prosaic, prosing, prosy, rewardless,
sine prole, slow, solemn, spiritless, staid, sterile, stiff,
stodgy, stolid, stuffy, sucked dry, superficial, tasteless,
tedious, teemless, unavailing, uncultivable, uncultivated,
unfanciful, unfertile, unfruitful, unideal, unimaginative,
uninspired, uninventive, unlively, unoriginal, unplowed, unpoetic,
unproductive, unprofitable, unprolific, unrelieved, unremunerative,
unrewarding, unromantic, unromanticized, unsown, untilled, useless,
vacant, vacuous, vain, vapid, virgin, void, waste, wasted,
wasteland, white, wild, wilderness, wildness, with nothing inside,
without content, without issue, wooden, worn-out

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