(of land) too poor to produce much or any vegetation.
(of a tree or plant) not producing fruit or seed.
(of a female animal) not pregnant or unable to become so.
showing no results or achievements; unproductive:
much of philosophy has been barren.
(of a place or building) bleak and lifeless:
the sports hall turned out to be a rather barren concrete building.
empty of meaning or value:
those young heads were stuffed with barren facts.
∎ (barren of)
the room was barren of furniture.
n. (usu. barrens)
a barren tract or tracts of land:
crossing the barrens was no easy feat.
, baron, barren, Darren, Karen, Sharon, yarran
•plastron • Saharan • Sumatran
•rhododendron • chevron
, Charon, Dáil Eireann
, dodecahedron, octahedron, polyhedron, tetrahedron
•children • citron • grandchildren
•stepchildren • godchildren
, Chiron, environ, Myron, siren
•squadron • Cochran
, Doran, Lauren, loran
, Madeiran, schlieren
, Van Buren
•Aldebaran • Auberon • Acheron
•lepidopteran • Lutheran
of few and scattered plants that occupy less than half the available ground area. Barrens occur in the north-eastern United States
and within the Arctic tundra
where they are typically dominated by a single plant species (e.g. Dryas octopetala, mountain avens); and often a single particle size predominates in the soil. Compare North American lowland coniferous forest
and pine barren
of few and scattered plants that occupy less than half the available ground area. Barrens occur within the Arctic tundra
, typically dominated by a single plant species e.g. Dryas octopetala
(mountain avens); and often a single particle size predominates in the soil.
incapable of offspring. XIII (barain
). — OF. (fem.) barai
), of unkn. orig.