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"Barren" is an adjective which is often translated as "estéril", and "sterile" is an adjective which is also often translated as "estéril". Learn more about the difference between "barren" and "sterile" below.
barren(
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rihn
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(infertile)
a. estéril
The pregnancy seemed like a miracle to Sophia, who had thought she was barren.El embarazo le parecía un milagro a Sophia, que se había pensado estéril.
2. (unproductive)
a. árido
Almost nothing grows in the barren desert.Casi nada crece en el desierto árido.
b. estéril
The forest became a barren wasteland after the fire.El bosque se convirtió en un páramo estéril después del incendio.
c. yermo
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
This barren land hasn't produced anything in years.Esta tierra yerma no ha producido nada en años.
3. (devoid)
a. desprovisto
Critics say the book is barren of any interesting ideas.Los críticos dicen que el libro es desprovisto de ideas interesantes.
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sterile
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (medicine)
a. estéril
I gave the dog an antibiotic injection and put a sterile dressing on the wound.Le puse al perro una inyección de antibióticos y, en la herida, un apósito estéril.
2. (infertile)
a. estéril
These hybrid animals are normally sterile.Estos animales híbridos son generalmente estériles.
3. (lifeless)
a. estéril
I was listening to some sterile discussion on the radio.Estaba escuchando una de esas discusiones estériles en la radio.
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