Barren land



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

Suddenly he finds himself transported into a bleak and barren land where the shades flit to and fro.
The Visions of the Sleeping Bard Ellis Wynne

This part of the island is the most barren land we have seen in the country.
Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora Edward Edwards

The next morning they started on their return, and made a long day’s march back into the barren land.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847. Various

Let me turn back before I perish from hunger and thirst in this barren land!
Christ Legends Selma Lagerlf

Savages only are exempt from the sparrow: only barren land from the blackbird.
Birds of the wave and woodland Phil (Philip Stewart) Robinson

They stole that which in this barren land might mean life or death to many: gasoline.
Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell

To dwellers in a barren land like yours how can I describe them?
Hindu Literature Epiphanius Wilson

To whom I have given a house in the wilderness, and his dwellings in the barren land.
The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various

He stopped and gazed at the barren land despondently, waiting to see if his partner would offer any protests.
Hidden Water Dane Coolidge

What opportunities for engineering skill to catch and conserve the water, and turn the “barren land” into fruitful fields!
Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne

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