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. [1913 Webster]

She was barren of children. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

2. Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile. ``Barren mountain tracts.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty. [1913 Webster]

Brilliant but barren reveries. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

4. Mentally dull; stupid. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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} (Zo["o]l.), a peculiar bear, inhabiting the Barren Grounds, now believed to be a variety of the brown bear of Europe.

{Barren Ground caribou} (Zo["o]l.), a small reindeer ({Rangifer Gr[oe]nlandicus}) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and Greenland. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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