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depauperate

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adjective de·pau·per·ate \di-ˈpȯ-pə-rət\

Definition of depauperate

  1. 1 :  falling short of natural development or size

  2. 2 :  impoverished <a depauperate fauna>



Origin of depauperate

Middle English depauperat, from Medieval Latin depauperatus, past participle of depauperare to impoverish, from Latin de- + pauperare to impoverish, from pauper poor — more at poor


First Known Use: 15th century


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