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(Zoöl.), a peculiar bear, inhabiting the Barren Grounds, now believed to be a variety of the brown bear of Europe.Barren Ground caribou(Zoöl.), a small reindeer (Rangifer Grœnlandicus) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and Greenland.

(Bar"ren), n.

1. A tract of barren land.

2. pl. Elevated lands or plains on which grow small trees, but not timber; as, pine barrens; oak barrens. They are not necessarily sterile, and are often fertile. [Amer.] J. Pickering.

(Bar"ren*ly), adv. Unfruitfully; unproductively.

(Bar"ren*ness), n. The condition of being barren; sterility; unproductiveness.

A total barrenness of invention.

(Bar"ren*wort`) n. (Bot.) An herbaceous plant of the Barberry family having leaves that are bitter and said to be sudorific.

(Bar"ret) n. [F. barrette, LL. barretum a cap. See Berretta, and cf. Biretta.] A kind of cap formerly worn by soldiers; — called also barret cap. Also, the flat cap worn by Roman Catholic ecclesiastics.

(Bar`ri*cade") n. [F. barricade, fr. Sp. barricada, orig. a barring up with casks; fr. barrica cask, perh. fr. LL. barra bar. See Bar, n., and cf. Barrel, n.]

1. (Mil.) A fortification, made in haste, of trees, earth, palisades, wagons, or anything that will obstruct the progress or attack of an enemy. It is usually an obstruction formed in streets to block an enemy's access.

2. Any bar, obstruction, or means of defense.

Such a barricade as would greatly annoy, or absolutely stop, the currents of the atmosphere.

(Bar`ri*cade"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barricaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Barricading.] [Cf. F. barricader. See Barricade, n.] To fortify or close with a barricade or with barricades; to stop up, as a passage; to obstruct; as, the workmen barricaded the streets of Paris.

The further end whereof [a bridge] was barricaded with barrels.

3. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.

Brilliant but barren reveries.

Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter.

4. Mentally dull; stupid. Shak.

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