A scarcity or lack of something.
‘there is a dearth of evidence’
‘Yet there appears to be a dearth of qualified people who are both willing and able to step forward and provide better leadership.’
‘Some farmers are experiencing a dearth of grass and have released the dairy cows and beef cattle onto the silage fields.’
‘In contrast, many Canadian department stores have such a dearth of sales help that shoplifting is common.’
‘For far too long, talk radio in our area has had a dearth of intelligent commentators.’
‘We have recent history to show that there is a dearth of good investment managers in this government.’
недостаток, нехватка, голод, нехватка продуктов