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intersperse

[in-ter-spurs]
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:
1560–70; < 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

interspersedly [in-ter-spur-sid-lee] , adverb
interspersion [in-ter-spur-zhuhn or, esp. British, -shuhn] , interspersal, noun
uninterspersed, adjective


1. strew, sprinkle.
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intersperse (ˌɪntəˈspɜːs)
 
vb
1.  to scatter or distribute among, between, or on
2.  to diversify (something) with other things scattered here and there
 
[C16: from Latin interspargere, from inter- + spargere to sprinkle]
 
interspersedly
 
adv
 
interspersion
 
n
 
inter'spersal
 
n

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intersperse
1566, from L. interspersus "scattered," pp. of *interspergere, from inter- "between" + spargere "to scatter" (see sparse).
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