depauperate

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

Definition of depauperate

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

Origin and Etymology 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


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