An arid landscape.
A desert is an example of an arid land.
- lacking enough water for things to grow; dry and barren
- not interesting; lifeless; dull
Origin of aridClassical Latin aridus from arere, to be dry: see ash
- Lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or woody plants: an arid climate.
- Lacking interest or feeling; lifeless and dull: a technically perfect but arid musical performance.
Origin of aridLatin āridus from ārēre to be dry ; see as- in Indo-European roots.
- a·rid′i·ty ar′id·ness
(comparative arider or more arid, superlative aridest or most arid)
Ultimately from the Latin term āridus (“dry, arid, parched”), confer its synonymous contracted form ardus. Originally from the verb āreo (“I am dry, I am parched”), akin to ārdeō (“I'm on fire, I burn”).