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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bar·ren a.
 1. Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; -- said of women and female animals.
    She was barren of children.   --Bp. Hall.
 2. Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile. Barren mountain tracts.”
 3. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
    Brilliant but barren reveries.   --Prescott.
    Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter.   --Swift.
 4. Mentally dull; stupid.
 Barren flower, a flower which has only stamens without a pistil, or which has neither stamens nor pistils.
 Barren Grounds Geog., a vast tract in British America northward of the forest regions.
 Barren Ground bear Zool., a peculiar bear, inhabiting the Barren Grounds, now believed to be a variety of the brown bear of Europe.
 Barren Ground caribou Zool., a small reindeer (Rangifer Grœnlandicus) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and Greenland.