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arid

[ar-id] /ˈær ɪd/
adjective
1.
being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land;
an arid climate.
2.
barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture:
arid farmland.
3.
lacking interest or imaginativeness; sterile; jejune:
an arid treatment of an exciting topic.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; (< F) < Latin āridus, equivalent to ār(ēre) to be dry + -idus -id4; cf. ash1
Related forms
aridity
[uh-rid-i-tee] /əˈrɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
aridness, noun
aridly, adverb
hyperarid, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See dry.
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British Dictionary definitions for aridness

arid

/ˈærɪd/
adjective
1.
having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
2.
devoid of interest
Derived Forms
aridity (əˈrɪdɪtɪ), aridness, noun
aridly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin āridus, from ārēre to be dry
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Word Origin and History for aridness

arid

adj.

1650s, "dry, parched," from French aride (15c.) or directly from Latin aridus "dry, arid, parched," from arere "to be dry," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (see ash (n.1)). Figurative sense of "uninteresting" is from 1827. Related: Aridly.

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aridness in Science
arid
  (ār'ĭd)   
Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.
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