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semistarvation

[ sem-ee-stahr-vey-shuhn, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm i stɑrˈveɪ ʃən, ˌsɛm aɪ- /
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noun

the state of being nearly starved.

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Origin of semistarvation

First recorded in 1850–55; semi- + starvation
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