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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin fames 'hungry condition'

famine

noun
     
fam‧ine [uncountable and countable]
a situation in which a large number of people have little or no food for a long time and many people die:
the great potato famine in Ireland
severe/widespread famine
Widespread famine had triggered a number of violent protests.
A million people are facing famine.

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