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Dictionary definition for: Barren

1. (n) an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa" "the trackless wastes of the desert"

2. (s) providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills" "barren lands" "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes" "the desolate surface of the moon" "a stark landscape"

3. (s) not bearing offspring; "a barren woman" "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"

4. (s) incapable of sustaining life; "the dead and barren Moon"

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