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Definition of barren adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of land or soil) not good enough for plants to grow on it a barren desert a barren landscape (= one that is empty, with few plants)
  2. 2(of plants or trees) not producing fruit or seeds synonym infertile
  3. 3(old-fashioned or formal) (of women or female animals) not able to produce children or young animals synonym infertile
  4. 4[usually before noun] not producing anything useful or successful young heads filled with barren facts
noun [uncountable]
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