Part of speech: adjective

Parched; dry; barren.

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Usage examples "arid":

  1. Generally speaking it is an arid precarious tract, but there are fertile stretches which will be mentioned in the descriptions of the districts. - "The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir", Sir James McCrone Douie.
  2. Without thee all the world is a valley of bitterness; with thee its most arid desert would be an Eden. - "The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier", Edgar Beecher Bronson.
  3. Living as they do in the very heart of a barren, arid waste, they control very little land worth taking from them and have therefore been unmolested longer than they otherwise would have been. - "I Married a Ranger", Dama Margaret Smith.