Webster 1913 Edition
Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being dense or close together;
Placed irregularly and distantly; scattered; – applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, and the like.
sparsus, p. p. of
To scatter; to disperse.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; as a sparse population.
2.In botany, not opposite, not alternate, nor in any apparent regular order; applied to branches, leaves peduncles, &c.