de·​pau·​per·​ate di-ˈpȯ-pə-rət How to pronounce depauperate (audio)
: falling short of natural development or size
: impoverished
a depauperate fauna

Examples of depauperate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anything in the Asclepias genus will feed the monarch’s caterpillars, which badly need the food in the large, milkweed-depauperate migration states of the Midwest. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2017

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of depauperate was in the 15th century

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“Depauperate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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