Etymology
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arid (adj.)

1650s, "dry, parched, without moisture," from French aride "dry" (15c.) or directly from Latin aridus "dry, arid, parched," from arere "to be dry," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow." Figurative sense of "uninteresting" is from 1827. Related: Aridly; aridness.

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Definitions of arid

arid (adj.)
lacking sufficient water or rainfall;
an arid climate
Synonyms: waterless
arid (adj.)
lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless; "a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo;
a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata
Synonyms: desiccate / desiccated
From wordnet.princeton.edu