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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Definitions for dearth

  1. An inadequate supply; scarcity; lack.

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Citations for dearth
Laundry pile followed laundry pile-at long intervals; dearth of handkerchief followed dearth of handkerchief-at short ones; not to mention dearth of sock, of shirt, of everything. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
While smiles were rare enough in a place like the Pentagon, the total dearth of them on this day was most telling. Harold Coyle, More Than Courage
Origin of dearth
Dearth relates to the same Old English root from which "dear" is derived.