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scarce

adjective uk   /skeəs/ us    /skers/
C1 not easy to find or get: Food and clean water were becoming scarce. scarce resources
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in Korean 부족한, 드문…
in Arabic نادِر…
in French rare…
in Turkish nadir, yetersiz, az…
in Italian scarso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 難得的,稀有的,罕見的…
in Russian недостаточный, скудный…
in Polish skąpy, niewystarczający…
in Spanish escaso, poco común/frecuente…
in Portuguese escasso, insuficiente, parco…
in German knapp…
in Catalan escàs…
in Japanese まれな, 乏しい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 难得的,稀有的,罕见的…
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