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[fuh-ree-nuh] /fəˈri nə/
flour or meal made from cereal grains and cooked as cereal, used in puddings, soups, etc.
Chiefly British. starch, especially potato starch.
Origin of farina
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin farīna meal, flour, equivalent to far emmer + -īna, feminine of -īnus -ine1 Unabridged
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  • Starch is made from it both for the laundry and for the manufacture of farina, dextrin, etc.


    Benjamin Taylor
  • There was a sort of porringer of farina, and some cakes of the same substance.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Mrs. Davitt will like to talk a while, and to know that I have not forgotten her and her farina.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • farina's eyes yearned to her once, and then he rose and joined in the pleasantry.

  • farina bowed, as to thank him deeply for the rules of the Club. '

  • He had lost a splendid opportunity, and farina had seized it.

British Dictionary definitions for farina


flour or meal made from any kind of cereal grain
(mainly Brit) starch, esp prepared from potato flour
Word Origin
C18: from Latin fār spelt, coarse meal
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Word Origin and History for farina

1707, from Latin farina "ground wheat, flour, meal," from far (genitive farris) "grits, spelt, a kind of grain" (see barley).

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