depauperate

[ dih-paw-per-it ]
/ dɪˈpɔ pər ɪt /
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adjective Biology.

poorly or imperfectly developed.

Origin of depauperate

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin dēpauperātus (past participle of dēpauperāre to make poor), equivalent to dē- de- + pauper(āre) to make poor (pauper- poor (see pauper) + -ātus -ate1)

Related forms

de·pau·per·a·tion [dih-paw-puh-rey-shuh n] /dɪˌpɔ pəˈreɪ ʃən/, noun
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