The Alternative Latin Dictionary: ardus

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ardus Alternative forms: āridus (more common, original form) etymology Contracted from the synonymous term āridus originally from the verb āreo, akin to ārdeō. Confer the term arfacio which is contracted from the synonymous term ārefacio. pronunciation
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  1. dry, parched, withered, arid Montes aridi sterilesque. Parched and barren mountains. Arida ligna. Dry wood. Terra arida et sicca. An arid and dry ground.
  2. (of things) dry, lean, meagre, shrivelled; withered (e.g. from disease) Uvis aridior puella passis. A damsel drier than the raisin'd grape. Vita horrida atque arida. Rough and meagre life.
  3. (rhetorical style) uninspired, jejune, spiritless Aridi magistri. Uninspired teachers. Sicci omnino atque aridi pueri. Sapless lads, altogether, and dry.
  4. (slang) avaricious, someone greedy or stingy (confer the tongue-in-cheek term Argentiexterebronides)

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