arid


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  1. being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land; an arid climate.
  2. barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture: arid farmland.
  3. lacking interest or imaginativeness; sterile; jejune: an arid treatment of an exciting topic.

adjective

  1. having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
  2. devoid of interest
adj.

1650s, “dry, parched,” from French aride (15c.) or directly from Latin aridus “dry, arid, parched,” from arere “to be dry,” from PIE root *as- “to burn, glow” (see ash (n.1)). Figurative sense of “uninteresting” is from 1827. Related: Aridly.

  1. Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.
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