Definitions

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  • adj. Devoid of verdure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of verdure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destitute of verdure; barren.

Etymologies

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verdure +‎ -less

Examples

  • The surrounding plains were endless and verdureless.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • We sailed for some hours along a lava coast, streamless, rainless, verdureless, blazing under the fierce light of a tropical sun, and some time after noon anchored in the scorching bay of Kawaihae.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • We called at Maaleia, a neck of sandy, scorched, verdureless soil, and at Ulupalakua, or rather at the furnace seven times heated, which is the landing of the plantation of that name, on whose breezy slopes cane refreshes the eye at a height of 2,000 feet above the sea.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • Oahu in the distance, a group of grey, barren peaks rising verdureless out of the lonely sea, was not an exception to the rule that the first sight of land is a disappointment.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • Along the sides occasional shade-trees stifled, and beyond these gaunt, verdureless fields widened away, though we were told that in the spring the fields were red with flowers and green with young wheat.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • So I started my caravan at daybreak, to get the water at its lowest, and ascended the gorge, which is an absolutely verdureless rift in mountains of most brilliant and fantastic stratification.

    Among the Tibetans

  • He pictured the rooms where these people lived — where the patterns of the blistered wall-papers were heavy reiterated sunflowers on green and yellow backgrounds, where there were tin bathtubs and gloomy hallways and verdureless, unnamable spaces in back of the buildings; where even love dressed as seduction — a sordid murder around the corner, illicit motherhood in the flat above.

    This Side of Paradise

  • They prospered under his hands, and he also prospered, for next to gold, vegetables were highly prized in that dry, almost verdureless country.

    Tropic Days

  • Far away across the Wonsits Tiravu rose the red cliff land up and up to the eastern sky; behind was the great bulk of Trumbull, together with scores of the smooth, verdureless heaps of volcanic cinders.

    A Canyon Voyage The Narrative of the Second Powell Expedition down the Green-Colorado River from Wyoming, and the Explorations on Land, in the Years 1871 and 1872

  • The whole island is but a verdureless sand-drift, of which the outlines are constantly changing under the influence of winds and waters.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 42, April, 1861

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