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pau·ci·ty  audio  (pôs-t) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Smallness of number; fewness.
  2. Scarcity; dearth: a paucity of natural resources.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English paucite, from Old French, from Latin paucits, from paucus, few; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots


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