One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shrunken or attenuated condition, smallness in number or size; thinness, slenderness, meagreness.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin exīlitāt-, exīlitās thinness, leanness, narrowness, (of soil) poorness, thinness, (of sound) thinness, (of style) spareness, dryness, in post-classical Latin also scarcity, meagreness, poverty from exīlis + -tās.
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