adj. [L. de, away from; pauper, poor]
1. Impoverishing or exhausting.
2. Falling short of the natural size or development from being impoverished or starved.
3. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
An impoverished or dying ant colony.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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