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; 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-Grounds — (spr. Barren Graunds), offene Einöden im Norden der Waldregion von NAmerika; sie nehmen den nordwestlichen Winkel ein, der im Westen vom Kupfergruben u. Großen Sklavenflusse, dem Athabaska u. dem Deer u. Wollaston See, im Süden vom Churchile u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Barren Grounds — (spr. graunds, »unfruchtbare Böden«), die schauerlich kahlen Fels und Eisbodenflächen im nördlichen Kanada, die besonders nördlich vom Doobaunt und östlich vom Großen Bärensee weite Räume einnehmen, und die in begünstigten Lagen von Zwergbirken… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Barren Grounds —   [ bærən graʊndz, englisch »unfruchtbare Böden«] Plural, das von Tundrenvegetation bedeckte subarktische Gebiet Kanadas, mit nur im Sommer oberflächlich auftauenden Böden, subarktische Tierwelt und geringer Besiedlung …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Barren Grounds —    The region of northern Canada, lying between the Mackenzie River and Hudson Bay, and from the northern timber line to the Arctic. First visited by Samuel Hearne in 1770 1772. Late explorers who traversed portions of the country are Franklin,… …   The makers of Canada

  • Barren Grounds — a sparsely inhabited region of tundra in N Canada, esp. in the area W of Hudson Bay. Also called Barren Lands. * * * ▪ region, Canada also called  Barren Lands,        vast sub Arctic prairie (tundra) region of northern mainland Canada lying… …   Universalium

  • Barren Grounds — Sp Dỹkvietės Ap Barren Grounds Ap Barren Lands L kraštov. Kanadoje (Nunavutas, ŠV teritorijos) …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Barren Grounds — a sparsely inhabited region of tundra in N Canada, esp. in the area W of Hudson Bay. Also called Barren Lands …   Useful english dictionary

  • Barren Grounds — Bar′ren Grounds′ n. pl. geg a sparsely inhabited region of tundra in N Canada. Also called Bar′ren Lands′ …   From formal English to slang

  • Barren Grounds — geographical name treeless plains N Canada W of Hudson Bay …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • barren grounds — (voz inglesa) ► femenino En el N de Canadá, tierras perpetuamente heladas en profundidad …   Enciclopedia Universal

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