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Main Entry: 1barĚren
Pronunciation: 'ber-&n, 'ba-r&n
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English bareine, from Anglo-French barain, perhaps of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Welsh brynar fallow land
Date: 13th century
1 : not reproducing: as a : incapable of producing offspring -- used especially of females or matings b : not yet or not recently pregnant c : habitually failing to fruit
2 : not productive: as a : producing little or no vegetation : DESOLATE <barren deserts> b : producing inferior crops <barren soil> c : unproductive of results or gain : FRUITLESS <a barren scheme>
3 : DEVOID, LACKING -- used with of <barren of excitement>
4 : lacking interest or charm <a barren routine>
5 : lacking inspiration or ideas <a barren mind>
synonym see BARE
- barĚrenĚly adverb
- barĚrenĚness /-&(n)-n&s/ noun

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\&\ as a and u in  abut
\&\ as e in kitten
\&r\ as ur and er in  further
\a\ as a in ash
\A\ as a in ace
\ä\ as o in mop
\au\ as ou in out
\ch\ as ch in chin
\e\ as e in bet
\E\ as ea in easy
\g\ as g in go
\i\ as i in hit
I\ as i in ice
\j\ as j in job
\[ng]\ as ng in sing
\O\ as o in go
\o\ as aw in law
\oi\ as oy in boy
\th\ as th in thin
\th\ as th in the
\ü\ as oo in loot
\u\ as oo in foot
\y\ as y in yet
\zh\ as si in vision
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