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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: aride, from Latin aridus

arid

adjective
     
ar‧id
1 arid land or an arid climate is very dry because it has very little rain:
Water from the Great Lakes is pumped to arid regions.
2 not having any new, interesting, or exciting features or qualities:
My mind was arid, all inspiration gone.
aridity noun [uncountable]
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