pauÂ·ciÂ·ty Pronunciation Key (pÃ´s-t)
1.Smallness of number; fewness.
2.Scarcity; dearth: a paucity of natural resources.
[Middle English paucite, from Old French, from
Latin paucits, from paucus, few. See pau-1 in
\\Pau"ci*ty\\, n. [L. paucitas, fr. paucus few, little: cf. F.
paucit['e] See Few.] 1. Fewness; smallness of number;
Revelation denies it by the stern reserve, the paucity,
and the incompleteness, of its communications. --I.
2. Smallnes of quantity; exiguity; insufficiency; as,
paucity of blood. --Sir T. Browne.
n : an insufficient quantity or number [syn: dearth]
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