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scarce

 
 
pronunciation:
skeIrs
part of speech: adjective
inflections: scarcer, scarcest
definition 1: in short supply.
Food was scarce during the war.
synonyms:
inadequate, insufficient, meager, short
antonyms:
abundant, plentiful
similar words:
deficient, lacking
definition 2: difficult to find; not common.
That kind of bird is scarce in this part of the country.
synonyms:
exceptional, rare, uncommon, unusual
antonyms:
plentiful
similar words:
notable, remarkable
derivation: scarceness (n.)