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intersperse

[in-ter-spurs] /ˌɪn tərˈspɜrs/
verb (used with object), interspersed, interspersing.
1.
to scatter here and there or place at intervals among other things:
to intersperse flowers among shrubs.
2.
to diversify with something placed or scattered at intervals:
to intersperse a dull speech with interesting anecdotes.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin interspersus (past participle of interspergere to strew here and there), equivalent to inter- inter- + -spersus, combining form of sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter; see disperse
Related forms
interspersedly
[in-ter-spur-sid-lee] /ˌɪn tərˈspɜr sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
interspersion
[in-ter-spur-zhuh n or, esp. British, -shuh n] /ˌɪn tərˈspɜr ʒən or, esp. British, -ʃən/ (Show IPA),
interspersal, noun
uninterspersed, adjective
Synonyms
1. strew, sprinkle.
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British Dictionary definitions for interspersal

intersperse

/ˌɪntəˈspɜːs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to scatter or distribute among, between, or on
2.
to diversify (something) with other things scattered here and there
Derived Forms
interspersedly (ˌɪntəˈspɜːsɪdlɪ) adverb
interspersion (ˌɪntəˈspɜːʃən), interspersal, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin interspargere, from inter- + spargere to sprinkle
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Word Origin and History for interspersal

intersperse

v.

1560s, from Latin interspersus "strewn, scattered, sprinkled upon," past participle of *interspergere, from inter- "between" (see inter-) + spargere "to scatter" (see sparse). Related: Interspersed; interspersing.

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