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arid

Arid is so dry that nothing will grow. Death Valley in California features an arid climate, which is why it's called Death Valley and not Life Valley.

Arid can also mean terribly dull or lifeless. A textbook about the climate of Death Valley might be called arid if it's written in an uninteresting way. Just like you wouldn't want to live in an arid climate, you wouldn't want to sit through an arid performance of the film-turned-musical, "Some Like it Hot."

Definitions of arid
  1. adjective
    lacking sufficient water or rainfall
    “an arid climate”
    synonyms: waterless
    dry
    free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet
  2. adjective
    lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
    “a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata”
    synonyms: desiccate, desiccated
    dull
    lacking in liveliness or animation
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