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dispersal

[dih-spur-suh l]
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noun
  1. dispersion(def 1).
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Origin of dispersal

First recorded in 1815–25; disperse + -al2
Related formsnon·dis·per·sal, nounre·dis·per·sal, noun
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dispersion, diffusion, scattering, dissemination, circulation

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British Dictionary definitions for dispersal

dispersal

noun
  1. the act of dispersing or the condition of being dispersed
  2. the spread of animals, plants, or seeds to new areas
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Word Origin and History for dispersal

n.

1821; see disperse + -al (2).

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