Maybe he wasn't a saddle bum, but only a greenhorn would think he could live off the barren land that surrounded them.
Leo Africanus rightly describes its lower course as "severing by its winding channel the barren and naked soil from the green and fruitful."
The greater part of Patagonia is comparatively barren and has no arboreal growth, except in the well-watered valleys of the Andean foothills.
It is not to be supposed that this antarctic element, to which Professor Tate has applied the name Euronotian, entered a desert barren of all life.
In 1840 he performed a feat of extraordinary personal daring, travelling all the way along the barren sea-coast of the Great Australian Bight, from Spencer Gulf to King George Sound.
The country was mostly poor and barren, sandy hillocks, with scanty growth of spinifex.
It should moreover be noted that Magellan's famous expedition had for its object not the barren feat of circumnavigation but the breaking down of this monopoly, without violating the terms of the papal bull which gave to Spain the conquest of the West, to Portugal the possession of the East.
The surrounding heights, though rugged and barren, produce some of the finest Servian tobacco.
The site of the town is a barren, rocky mountain valley.
The eastern part, however, contains large barren plains, showing some stunted vegetation, and having numerous saline deposits.
Wide) and the smaller and nearly barren island of Culebra off the east coast, the island of Mona, covered with deposits of guano, off the west coast, and numerous islets.
The district is the most barren and backward portion of the province.
The barren places between my mind and the minds of others blossomed like the rose.
As a hungry herd of cattle keeps well together when crossing a barren field, but gets out of hand and at once disperses uncontrollably as soon as it reaches rich pastures, so did the army disperse all over the wealthy city.