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famine

[fam-in] /ˈfæm ɪn/
noun
1.
extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area.
2.
any extreme and general scarcity.
3.
extreme hunger; starvation.
Origin of famine
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French, derivative of faim hunger (< Latin famēs); see -ine2
Synonyms
2. dearth, paucity, poverty, meagerness, scantness.
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famine

/ˈfæmɪn/
noun
1.
a severe shortage of food, as through crop failure or overpopulation
2.
acute shortage of anything
3.
violent hunger
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin famēs hunger
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Word Origin and History for famine
n.

mid-14c., from Old French famine "hunger" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *famina, from Latin fames "hunger, starvation, famine," of unknown origin.

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