One of the prime difficulties is in the sparsity and uneven distribution of the cow population.
Only vast Madagascar, continental in size, repeats the sparsity of the continent.
The sparsity of population is also well indicated by the great scarcity of food.
The police were palpably disappointed at the sparsity of my knowledge respecting her.
I have seen several houses furnished entirely by William Morris, and the first thing that impressed me was the sparsity of things.
The sparsity of the population, the extent of the country, and its poverty, made a royal establishment impossible.
What was most extraordinary was the sparsity and lowness of the trees and bushes, the fineness of the growth.
1727, from Latin sparsus "scattered," past participle of spargere "to scatter, spread," from PIE root *(s)pregh- "to jerk, scatter" (cf. Sanskrit parjanya- "rain, rain god," Avestan fra-sparega "branch, twig," literally "that which is jerked off a tree," Old Norse freknur "freckles," Swedish dialectal sprygg "brisk, active," Lithuanian sprogti "shoot, bud," Old Irish arg "a drop").