Barren grounds



a sparsely inhabited region of tundra in N Canada, especially in the area W of Hudson Bay.
Historical Examples

Beyond that, to the east and north, lie the primitive rocks of the Barren Grounds, into which the buffaloes never stray.
The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid

Among other creatures that remain all winter upon the Barren Grounds, are the wolves.
The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid

He had a commission to explore the Coppermine region and a portion of the Barren Grounds.
The March Of The White Guard Gilbert Parker

It dwells upon the Barren Grounds as well as in wooded districts.
The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid

Many of them, therefore, quitted the woods, and set their snares on the Barren Grounds near Fort Enterprise.
Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 2 John Franklin

Tundras and Barren Grounds within or near the arctic circle.
Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn

As its name implies, it frequents the Barren Grounds, although in winter it also seeks the shelter of wooded tracts.
The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid

I will give you a leader that you will follow to the Barren Grounds.
The March Of The White Guard Gilbert Parker

It was the Crotalus tergeminus—found only in Barren Grounds, such as those inhabited by the prairie-marmot.
The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid

The Northern forests are silent enough in winter time, but the silence of the Barren Grounds is far more profound.
The Ontario Readers Ontario Ministry of Education

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