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  1. flour or meal made from cereal grains and cooked as cereal, used in puddings, soups, etc.
  2. Chiefly British. starch, especially potato starch.
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Origin of farina

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin farīna meal, flour, equivalent to far emmer + -īna, feminine of -īnus -ine1
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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.


    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. '

British Dictionary definitions for farina


  1. flour or meal made from any kind of cereal grain
  2. mainly British starch, esp prepared from potato flour
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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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