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 for Barren flower
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Barren \Bar"ren\ (b[a^]r"ren), a. [OE. barein, OF. brehaing,
     fem. brehaigne, baraigne, F. br['e]haigne; of uncertain
     origin; cf. Arm. br['e]kha[~n], markha[~n], sterile; LL.
     brana a sterile mare, principally in Aquitanian and Spanish
     documents; Bisc. barau, baru, fasting.]
     1. Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young;
        sterile; -- said of women and female animals.
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              She was barren of children.           --Bp. Hall.
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     2. Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile.
        "Barren mountain tracts." --Macaulay.
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     3. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
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              Brilliant but barren reveries.        --Prescott.
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              Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter.
                                                    --Swift.
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     4. Mentally dull; stupid. --Shak.
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     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
        Gr[oe]nlandicus) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and
        Greenland.
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