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depauperate

[dih-paw-per-it] /dɪˈpɔ pər ɪt/
adjective, Biology
1.
poorly or imperfectly developed.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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)
Related forms
depauperation
[dih-paw-puh-rey-shuh n] /dɪˌpɔ pəˈreɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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