Synonyms of 'sparse'
scatteredDictionary, scarce, meagre
Many slopes are rock fields with sparse vegetation.
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few and far between
If you describe an amount or quantity of something as meagre, you are critical of it because it is very small or not enough.
a meagre 3% pay rise
Thesaurus for sparse from the Collins English Thesaurus
Something that is sparse is small in number or amount and spread out over an area.