The definition of a famine is an extreme shortage, especially of food.(noun)
An example of famine is when there is no food and people are starving.
See famine in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OFr < VL *famina < L fames, hunger < IE base *dhē-, to wither away > daze
See famine in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from faim, hunger
Origin: , from Latin famēs.
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