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famine

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noun fam·ine \ˈfa-mən\

Simple Definition of famine

  • : a situation in which many people do not have enough food to eat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of famine

  1. 1 :  an extreme scarcity of food

  2. 2 archaic :  starvation

  3. 3 archaic :  a ravenous appetite

  4. 4 :  a great shortage

Examples of famine in a sentence

  1. The famine affected half the continent.

  2. millions killed by war, drought, and famine



Origin and Etymology of famine

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from feim, faim hunger, from Latin fames


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with famine


FAMINE Defined for Kids

famine

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noun fam·ine \ˈfa-mən\

Definition of famine for Students

  1. :  a very great shortage of food that affects many people over a wide area





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