Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Arrested in growth or development; stunted.
  • adj. Severely diminished; impoverished: "But there were no pleasures in Australia. How could my friend admire so paleontologically depauperate a place?” ( Jake Page).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having stunted growth.
  • adj. Impoverished.
  • adj. Having a limited biodiversity.
  • v. To impoverish.
  • v. To stunt the growth of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Falling short of the natural size, from being impoverished or starved.
  • v. To make poor; to impoverish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make poor; impoverish; deprive of fertility or richness: as, to depauperate the soil.
  • Impoverished; made poor.

Etymologies

Middle English depauperat, from Medieval Latin dēpauperātus, past participle of dēpauperāre, to make poor : Latin dē-, de- + pauper, poor; see pauper.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin de- + pauper ("poor, impoverished") + -ate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In exchange for scalable caloric resources in the form of grains human populations were faced with a narrowed diet so that their nutrient streams became depauperate.

    Low Vitamin D Levels Put Healthy Children at Risk

  • It can be distinguished from other grassland associations by the dominance of tallgrass species – and from the Central Tall Grasslands to the north by its more depauperate biota and a thin soil layer spread over distinct beds of limestone.

    Flint Hills tall grasslands

  • The herpetofauna of Tonga, consisting of 20 known species, is considered depauperate.

    Tongan tropical moist forests

  • Frequent burning of maquis results in depauperate vegetation dominated by Kermes oak (Quercus coccifera), Cistus spp. or Sarcopoterium spinosum, all of which regenerate rapidly after fire by sprouting or mass germination.

    Biological diversity in the Mediterranean Basin

  • Both the succulent and climbing floras are depauperate.

    Itigi-Sumbu thicket

  • Few fishes are adapted to this high level of acidity and, as a result, the Dismal Swamp (63c) is depauperate in fish species; some cutoff pools are ultra acidic and may not support fish life (Jenkins and Burkhead, 1993 (1994)).

    Ecoregions of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (EPA)

  • The ecoregion includes the most extensive stands of lancewood-bullwaddy found in Australia, but this is generally a fairly depauperate environment.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna

  • The mammal fauna is depauperate, containing only thirty-eight species with both Asian and Australasian affinities (cuscuses), but includes eight ecoregional endemics (Table 1).

    Halmahera rain forests

  • Grassland communities of the Gulf Plains are regarded as depauperate, but that may be due to a lack of survey effort.

    Carpentaria tropical savanna

  • If source populations in undisturbed forest fragments are not imbedded in or adjacent to regrowing tracts, large areas of secondary forests may remain depauperate into the future.

    Appalachian mixed mesophytic forests

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