famine

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French famine.

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famine (countable and uncountable, plural famines)

  1. (uncountable) extreme shortage of food in a region
    • 1971, Central Institute of Research & Training in Public Cooperation
      Dr. Bhatia pointed out that famine had occurred in all ages and in all societies where means of communication and transport were not developed.
  2. (countable) a period of extreme shortage of food in a region
    • 1986, United States Congress, House Select Committee on Hunger, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Famine and Recovery in Africa
      The root causes of the current famine are known: poverty, low health standards....

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a root of Latin famēs (hunger) with the suffix *-ine.

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Noun[edit]

famine f (plural famines)

  1. famine

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin famēs (hunger).

Noun[edit]

famine f (oblique plural famines, nominative singular famine, nominative plural famines)

  1. famine