de·​pau·​per·​ate | \ di-ˈpȯ-pə-rət How to pronounce depauperate (audio) \

Definition of depauperate

1 : falling short of natural development or size
2 : impoverished a depauperate fauna

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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, "15 Native Wildflowers Every Gardener Should Plant," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of depauperate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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