rapidly extended its meaning from its 13c restriction to food, to refer to a scarcity of anything:

• Unable to find what she needed in ‘romantic’ novels, Letty had turned to biographies, of which there was no dearth —Barbara Pym, 1977.

Dearths typically include talent, information, evidence, data, inspiration, and opportunity.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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