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sparse

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/ spɑrs /
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adjective, spars·er, spars·est.

thinly scattered or distributed: a sparse population.
not thick or dense; thin: sparse hair.
scanty; meager.

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Origin of sparse

First recorded in 1715–25; from Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere “to scatter,” sparge
1-3. See scanty.
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British Dictionary definitions for sparse

sparse
/ (spɑːs) /

adjective

scattered or scanty; not dense
sparsely, adverbsparseness or sparsity, noun
C18: from Latin sparsus, from spargere to scatter
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