Barren Ground caribou
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]


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  • Barren Ground caribou — Caribou Car i*bou (k[a^]r [i^]*b[=oo]), n. [Canadian French.] (Zo[ o]l.) The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species ({Rangifer Caribou}). [1913 Webster] {Barren Ground caribou}. See under {Barren}. {Woodland caribou}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barren-ground Caribou — Taxobox name = ( albino ) Barren ground Caribou status = LR/lc image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia subclassis = Theria ordo = Artiodactyla familia = Cervidae subfamilia = Odocoilinae genus = Rangifer species …   Wikipedia

  • barren ground caribou — noun of tundra of northern Canada; in some classifications included in the species Rangifer tarandus • Syn: ↑Rangifer arcticus • Hypernyms: ↑caribou, ↑reindeer, ↑Greenland caribou, ↑Rangifer tarandus * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • barren ground caribou — a migrating caribou of the North American tundra and taiga, having many branched slender antlers. Also, Barren Ground caribou. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • Barren Ground bear — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caribou — Car i*bou (k[a^]r [i^]*b[=oo]), n. [Canadian French.] (Zo[ o]l.) The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species ({Rangifer Caribou}). [1913 Webster] {Barren Ground caribou}. See under {Barren}. {Woodland caribou}, the common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barren flower — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barren Grounds — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caribou Inuit — ethnic group group=Caribou Inuit poptime=3,000 popplace=Nunavut rels=Christianity, Shamanism langs=Inuktitut related=Copper InuitCaribou Inuit, Barren ground Caribou hunters, are bands of inland Inuit who lived west of Hudson Bay in northern… …   Wikipedia

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