Depauperate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Depauperate (Bot) Falling short of the natural size, from being impoverished or starved.
    • v. t. & i Depauperate To make poor; to impoverish. "Liming does not depauperate ; the ground will last long, and bear large grain.""Humility of mind which depauperates the spirit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • depauperate To make poor; impoverish; deprive of fertility or richness: as, to depauperate the soil.
    • depauperate Impoverished; made poor. Specifically, in botany, imperfectly developed; diminutive from want of nourishment or other unfavorable conditions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Depauperate to impoverish
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. depauperatus, p. p. depauperare, to impoverish; L. de-, + pauperare, to make poor, pauper, poor

Usage

In literature:

It is probable that if they represented a glacial epoch they would be depauperated by the cold as are the snails of far northern regions.
"Climatic Changes" by Ellsworth Huntington
The species was probably first named from poor or depauperate specimens.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
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