from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To scatter; disperse.
- To be scattered; be dispersed.
From Old French disparpelier, disparpillier et al., apparently from a late prefixed form of Latin papilio ("butterfly"). (Wiktionary)
The Century Dictionary - a fantastic multivolume dictionary from the early 1900s - introduced me to culicide (the act of killing mosquitoes), adelopod (an animal whose feet are inconspicuous or not apparent), disparple