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barren

1. incapable of producing offspring, seed, or fruit; sterile
2. (of rock strata) having no fossils
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An enclave separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates, its remote desert fjords are an inhospitable, barrenly beautiful land inhabited by hardy shepherds and fishermen," says the brief summary about Khasab by the newspaper.
Condemning the policy of reticence as "a stupid dog-in-the-manger one," the article charged that "it suits official uppishness and the pride of police subordinates dressed in a little brief authority to snub and to thwart the representatives of the press, and to be either sulkily silent or barrenly communicative." Some journalists, while conceding that the police had a right to keep information to themselves, objected to the placing of obstacles in the way of the press in pursuing their own independent inquiries.
The catalogue, indeed, makes out Penone's work to be sad, even sinister, rather than barrenly clever.