Ultimately from the Latin term āridus (“dry, arid, parched”), confer its synonymous contracted form ardus. Originally from the verb āreo (“I am dry, I am parched”), akin to ārdeō (“I am on fire, I burn”).
arid (comparative arider or more arid, superlative aridest or most arid)
- Very dry.
- Describing a very dry climate. Typically defined as less than 25 cm or 10 inches of rainfall annually.
- Devoid of value.