- Lacking in variety, especially of species or genes: depauperate island faunas; a genetically depauperate population.
- Arrested in growth or development; stunted.
Origin of depauperateMiddle English depauperat from Medieval Latin dēpauperātus past participle of dēpauperāre to make poor Latin dē- de- pauper poor ; see pauper .
(comparative more depauperate, superlative most depauperate)
(third-person singular simple present depauperates, present participle depauperating, simple past and past participle depauperated)