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Barren Grounds

plural noun
1.
a sparsely inhabited region of tundra in N Canada, especially in the area W of Hudson Bay.
Also called Barren Lands.
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  • The Barren Grounds are not entirely destitute of animal life.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • Among other creatures that remain all winter upon the Barren Grounds, are the wolves.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • It dwells upon the Barren Grounds as well as in wooded districts.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • Tundras and Barren Grounds within or near the arctic circle.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • I will give you a leader that you will follow to the Barren Grounds.

  • In May, however, when the snows melt and the swamps begin to thaw, the Barren Grounds become full of life.

    The Ontario Readers Ontario Ministry of Education
  • The Northern forests are silent enough in winter time, but the silence of the Barren Grounds is far more profound.

    The Ontario Readers Ontario Ministry of Education
  • It is then that the caribou leave their winter quarters in the forest region and journey to the Barren Grounds.

    The Ontario Readers Ontario Ministry of Education
  • It is reasonably certain that the Barren Grounds never will be netted by railways,—unless gold is discovered over a wide area.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Anyone can found a kingdom abaft the Barren Grounds with tobacco, beads, and red flannel.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker

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