Dearth is defined as a lack or small supply of something.(noun)
The convenience store with no healthy, fresh foods is an example of a dearth of produce.
See dearth in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME derth < dere: see dear & -th
See dearth in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English derthe
Origin: , from Old English *dēorthu, costliness
Origin: , from dēore, costly; see dear1.
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