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barrenadjective

uk   /ˈbær.ən/  us   /ˈber.ən/
unable to ​produceplants or ​fruit: We ​drove through a barren, ​rocky landscape.
formal unable to have ​children or ​younganimals
not ​creating or ​producing anything new: She ​became very ​depressed during the barren ​years when she was ​unable to ​paint.
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barrenness
noun [U] uk   /ˈbær.ən.nəs/  us   /ˈber.ən.nəs/
(Definition of barren from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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barrenadjective

 us   /ˈbær·ən/
(of ​land) not ​producing or ​unable to ​produceplants: The ​landscape was barren, with not a ​tree or ​shrub in ​sight.
old use If a woman is barren, she is ​unable to have a ​baby.
(Definition of barren from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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