Dearth (?), n. [OE. derthe, fr. dere. See Dear.]

Scarcity which renders dear; want; lack; specifically, lack of food on account of failure of crops; famine.

There came a dearth over all the land of Egypt. Acts vii. 11.

He with her press'd, she faint with dearth. Shak.

Dearth of plot, and narrowness of imagination. Dryden.


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