One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not producing fruit; unfruitful, sterile; (Botany). Frequently figurative: failing to achieve the desired results, unproductive; barren.
Late 19th century. From ancient Greek ἄκαρπος without fruit, barren (from ἀ- + κάρπος fruit: see carpo-) + -ous; compare -carpous.
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