Webster 1913 Edition
bréhaigne; of uncertain origin; cf. Arm.
markhañ, sterile; LL.
branaa sterile mare, principally in Aquitanian and Spanish documents; Bisc.
Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; – said of women and female animals.
Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile.“Barren mountain tracts.”
Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
Some schemes will appear
barrenof hints and matter.
Mentally dull; stupid.
a flower which has only stamens without a pistil, or which has neither stamens nor pistils.–
a vast tract in British America northward of the forest regions.–
Barren Ground bear
a peculiar bear, inhabiting the Barren Grounds, now believed to be a variety of the brown bear of Europe.–
Barren Ground caribou
a small reindeer (
Rangifer Grœnlandicus) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and Greenland.
A tract of barren land.
Elevated lands or plains on which grow small trees, but not timber;
as, pine. They are not necessarily sterile, and are often fertile.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Not producing young, or offspring; applied to animals.
2.Not producing plants; unfruitful; steril; not fertile; or producing little; unproductive; applied to the earth.
3.Not producing the usual fruit; applied to tree,&c.
4.Not copious; scanty; as a scheme barren of hints.
5.Not containing useful or entertaining ideas; as a barren treatise.
6.Unmeaning; uninventive; dull; as barren spectators.
7.Unproductive; not inventive; as a barren mind.
2.Any unproductive tract of land; as the pine barrens of South Carolina.