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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Latin
Origin: moribundus, from mori 'to die'

moribund

adjective
     
mor‧i‧bund
1 a moribund organization, industry, etc is no longer active or effective and may be coming to an end:
The region's heavy industry is still inefficient and moribund.
A cut in interest rates will help the country's moribund housing market.
2 literary slowly dying:
The patient was moribund by the time the doctor arrived.

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