arid

[ ar-id ]
/ ˈær ɪd /

adjective

being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land;an arid climate.
barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture: arid farmland.
lacking interest or imaginativeness; sterile: an arid treatment of an exciting topic.

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Origin of arid

First recorded in 1645–55; from French or directly from Latin āridus, equivalent to ār(ēre) “to be dry” + -idus adjective suffix; see -id4; cf. ash1

synonym study for arid

1. See dry.

OTHER WORDS FROM arid

a·rid·i·ty [uh-rid-i-tee], /əˈrɪd ɪ ti/, ar·id·ness, nounar·id·ly, adverbhy·per·ar·id, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for arid

arid
/ (ˈærɪd) /

adjective

having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
devoid of interest

Derived forms of arid

aridity (əˈrɪdɪtɪ) or aridness, nounaridly, adverb

Word Origin for arid

C17: from Latin āridus, from ārēre to be dry
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Scientific definitions for arid

arid
[ ărĭd ]

Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.
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