depauperate

[ dih-paw-per-it ]
/ dɪˈpɔ pər ɪt /

adjective Biology.

poorly or imperfectly developed.

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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM depauperate

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