[pen-yuh-ree] /ˈpɛn yə ri/
extreme poverty; destitution.
scarcity; dearth; inadequacy; insufficiency.
c.1400, from Latin penuria “want, need; scarcity,” related to paene “scarcely.”
[puh-noo-tee-uh n, -shuh n] /pəˈnu ti ən, -ʃən/ noun 1. a group of American Indian language families of central and coastal California, including Wintu, Maidu, Yokuts, Miwok, and Costanoan, thought to be descendants of a single protolanguage spoken at a remote period. 2. any of several other hypothesized genetic groupings of languages that include these […]
[pen-zuh; Russian pyen-zuh] /ˈpɛn zə; Russian ˈpyɛn zə/ noun 1. a city in the W Russian Federation in Europe. /Russian ˈpjɛnzə/ noun 1. a city in W Russia: manufacturing centre. Pop: 514 000 (2005 est)
[pen-zans] /pɛnˈzæns/ noun 1. a seaport in SW Cornwall, in the SW extremity of England: resort. /pɛnˈzæns/ noun 1. a town in SW England, in SW Cornwall: the westernmost town in England; resort and fishing port. Pop: 20 255 (2001) place in Cornwall, Pensans (late 13c.), literally “Holy Headland,” from Cornish penn “head” + sans […]
[pee-uh n, pee-on] /ˈpi ən, ˈpi ɒn/ noun 1. (in Spanish America) a farm worker or unskilled laborer; day laborer. 2. (formerly, especially in Mexico) a person held in servitude to work off debts or other obligations. 3. any person of low social status, especially one who does work regarded as menial or unskilled; drudge. […]