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What remains is a dry and barren land which can turn rapidly to desert. The Sun (2008)That was all too evident in a barren first period. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Interesting commentaries pepper our journey through this barren landscape. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But the barren landscape was wide open. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Their delivery into the world will be a defiant affirmation of life in this remote and barren desert. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They included pictures of terrified young men piled into the back of lorries and driven to a barren patch of land. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The aggressor becomes the victim, the city becomes a barren planet. Times, Sunday Times (2011)For those savers, the barren periods in between winnings are about to get longer. Times, Sunday Times (2013)There were three neglected, distressed dogs tied up with chains on barren land in direct sunlight. The Sun (2016)During this barren period no one was safe from the owner's wrath. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Look at the nests of ants, how around them the land is barren. A Plague of Angels (1993)The landscape was barren and featureless, a bruised mix of yellow earth and salted vineyards. Times, Sunday Times (2011)A barren woman was deemed to live under a curse. Mothers who Leave (1994)Historically, practical and financial support to meet the housing needs of vulnerable people has had relatively golden and barren periods. Times, Sunday Times (2008)With all due respect to the great man, their criticism would be a dry and barren thing if they tried to follow his advice. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You shall cross the barren desert, But you shall not die of thirst. A Channel of Peace (1993)It's a difficult place to be - the desert is incredibly barren and dusty. The Sun (2011)Britain is, thankfully, an ideologically barren land. Times, Sunday Times (2009)There are fears that Mediterranean holiday destinations will become barren deserts, too hot for tourists or agriculture. The Sun (2007)What with all its offices and tower blocks, I happen to find it breathtakingly barren and rather miserable. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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British English: barren ADJECTIVE
A barren landscape is dry and bare, and has very few plants and no trees.
...the country's landscape of high barren mountains.
Definition of barren from the Collins English Dictionary
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