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A.Word.A.Day--exiguous

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exiguous (ig-ZIG-yoo-uhs) adjective

Scanty; small; slender.

[From Latin exiguus (scanty), from exigere (to measure or to demand). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw) that's also the fount of such words as act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, and ambassador.]

See more usage examples of exiguous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Like most two-door cars, there are really only two seats. Sure, there are a couple of exiguous rear chairs, fine for children and for those adults of a masochistic disposition."
Gavin Green; The Ford Puma Coupe; International Herald Tribune (Paris, France); Sep 12, 1997.

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