These earlier refugees resulted from, among other sources, the depopulation of the largest Palestinian cities of Yaffa and Haifa.
early 15c.; see de- + population.
1540s; see de- + populate. Perhaps from Latin depopulatus, past participle of depopulari "to lay waste, ravage." Related: Depopulated; depopulating. Earlier in same sense was dispeplen (early 15c.).