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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dearth /ˈdɝθ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dearth n.  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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an acute insufficiency [syn: famine, shortage]
      2: an insufficient quantity or number [syn: paucity]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    a scarcity of provisions (1 Kings 17). There were frequent
    dearths in Palestine. In the days of Abram there was a "famine
    in the land" (Gen. 12:10), so also in the days of Jacob (47:4,
    13). We read also of dearths in the time of the judges (Ruth
    1:1), and of the kings (2 Sam. 21:1; 1 Kings 18:2; 2 Kings 4:38;
      In New Testament times there was an extensive famine in
    Palestine (Acts 11:28) in the fourth year of the reign of the
    emperor Claudius (A.D. 44 and 45).