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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Definitions for dearth

  1. An inadequate supply; scarcity; lack.

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Citations for dearth
Laundry pile followed laundry pile-at long intervals; dearth of handkerchief followed dearth of handkerchief-at short ones; not to mention dearth of sock, of shirt, of everything. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
While smiles were rare enough in a place like the Pentagon, the total dearth of them on this day was most telling. Harold Coyle, More Than Courage
Origin of dearth
1200-1250
Dearth relates to the same Old English root from which "dear" is derived.