from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.
- n. A drastic shortage; a dearth.
- n. Severe hunger; starvation.
- n. Archaic Extreme appetite.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. extreme shortage of food in a region
- n. a period of extreme shortage of food in a region
- n. During times of famine
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. General scarcity of food; dearth; a want of provisions; destitution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Scarcity or destitution of food; a general want of provision or supply; extreme dearth, threatening or resulting in starvation: often used by extension with reference to the want or scarcity of material things other than food, and, figuratively, of immaterial things.
- n. Synonyms Dearth, etc. See scarcity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an acute insufficiency
- n. a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
Middle English, from Old French, from faim, hunger, from Latin famēs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French famine. (Wiktionary)