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scant

Said of lumber, panels, etc., somewhat short of a specified dimension; bare.
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Game was scanty, and they had to eke out their scanty fare with wild roots and vegetables, such as the Indian potato, the wild onion, and the prairie tomato, and they met with quantities of "red root," from which the hunters make a very palatable beverage.
If food was scanty, we regaled ourselves with the hope of soon falling in with herds of buffalo, and having nothing to do but slay and eat.
Lord John merely scratched his scanty locks with the remark that he couldn't put up a fight as he wasn't in the same weight or class.
I picked up my rifle and strolled in the direction of the brook, leaving my friends to lay out the scanty breakfast.
Behind him came the two surviving Indians with our scanty possessions upon their backs.
They would shave off her hair, feed her on a scanty allowance of rice, treat her with contempt; she would be looked upon as an unclean creature, and would die in some corner, like a scurvy dog.
The people rudely pictured as drinking in the wine-shops, croaked over their scanty measures of thin wine and beer, and were gloweringly confidential together.
Such a scanty portion of light was admitted through these means, that it was difficult, on first coming in, to see anything; and long habit alone could have slowly formed in any one, the ability to do any work requiring nicety in such obscurity.
This, although reall enough for reasonable men, was, after a hard day's march rather scanty food: a light stomach and an easy digestio are good things to talk about, but very unpleasant in practice
There was one seedy French waiter, who was attempting to learn English in a house where he never heard anything but French; and the customers were a few ladies of easy virtue, a menage or two, who had their own napkins reserved for them, and a few queer men who came in for hurried, scanty meals.
Details of the meeting remained scanty but its believed consensus will seemingly shape discussions during Monday's meeting.
Due details of their adoption are scanty, but the two policemen killed were said to be security escorts to the Canadians.