from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or woody plants.
- adjective Lacking interest or feeling; lifeless and dull.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Dry; without moisture; parched with heat; hence, figuratively, uninteresting, lifeless, dull, pithless, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Exhausted of moisture; parched with heat; dry; barren.
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- adjective Very
- adjective Describing a very dry
climate. Typically defined as less than 25 cm or 10 inches of rainfall annually.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective lacking sufficient water or rainfall
- adjective lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Latin āridus, from ārēre, to be dry; see as- in Indo-European roots.]
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Ultimately from the Latin term āridus ("dry, arid, parched"), confer its synonymous contracted form ardus. Originally from the verb āreo ("I am dry, I am parched"), akin to ārdeō ("I'm on fire, I burn").
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