depauperate

[dih-paw-per-it]
adjective Biology.
poorly or imperfectly developed.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin dēpauperātus (past participle of dēpauperāre to make poor), equivalent to dē- de- + pauper(āre) to make poor (pauper- poor (see pauper) + -ātus -ate1)

depauperation [dih-paw-puh-rey-shuhn] , noun
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The herbaceous understory is otherwise relatively depauperate.
The shrub layer is sparse with common winterberry and the ground layer is depauperate.
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