interjection Archaic.
(used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.)
Also, alackaday [uh-lak-uh-dey] .

presumably ah + lack. Cf. aha, ahem, alas Unabridged
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alack or alackaday (əˈlæk, əˈlækəˌdeɪ)
an archaic or poetic word for alas
[C15: from a ah! + lack loss, lack]
alackaday or alackaday
[C15: from a ah! + lack loss, lack]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from ah, lack, from lack (q.v.) in M.E. sense of "loss, failure, reproach, shame." Originally an expression of dissatisfaction, later of regret or surprise.
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Example sentences
Alack of adequate spawning habitat mandates the need fora regular stocking
Alack of cool, well-oxygenated water during the summer months limits the
  opportunity for coldwater fisheries management.
Marginal water quality, alack of deep cold well oxygenated water, was the cause
  for salmon not providing an adequate fishery.
The money, which cannot be used for operating costs, has gone unspent since
  then because of alack of agreement on how to do so.
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