depauperate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin de- + pauper ‎(poor, impoverished) + -ate

Adjective[edit]

depauperate ‎(comparative more depauperate, superlative most depauperate)

  1. (botany, of a plant etc) Having stunted growth.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gray to this entry?)
  2. Impoverished.
  3. Having a limited biodiversity.
    • 2009, David Quammen, Where the Salmon Rule, National Geographic (August 2009), page 35,
      "...because of Kamchatka's isolation from mainland river systems, its streams are relatively depauperate of other fresh water fish, leaving Oncorhynchus species to face few competitors and predators."

Verb[edit]

depauperate ‎(third-person singular simple present depauperates, present participle depauperating, simple past and past participle depauperated)

  1. To impoverish.
    • Mortimer
      Liming does not depauperate; the ground will last long, and bear large grain.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      Humility of mind which depauperates the spirit.
  2. To stunt the growth of.

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

depauperate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of depauperare
  2. second-person plural imperative of depauperare
  3. feminine plural of depauperato