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famine

noun fam·ine \ˈfa-mən\

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

Full Definition of FAMINE

1
:  an extreme scarcity of food
2
archaic :  starvation
3
archaic :  a ravenous appetite
4
:  a great shortage

Examples of FAMINE

  1. The famine affected half the continent.
  2. millions killed by war, drought, and famine

Origin 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

noun fam·ine \ˈfa-mən\

Definition of FAMINE for Kids

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

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