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famine

noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˈfæm.ɪn/
C2 a situation in which there is not enough food for a great number of people, causing illness and death, or a particular period when this happens: Another crop failure could result in widespread famine. There were reports of refugees dying of famine. Thousands of people emigrated during the Irish potato famine of 1845–46.
Translations of “famine”
in Arabic مَجاعة…
in Korean 기근…
in Malaysian kebuluran…
in French famine…
in Turkish açlık, kıtlık…
in Italian carestia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 饑荒, 饑荒時期…
in Russian голод (стихийное бедствие)…
in Polish głód, klęska głodu…
in Vietnamese nạn đói kém…
in Spanish hambre, hambruna…
in Portuguese fome…
in Thai ความอดอยาก…
in German die Hungersnot…
in Catalan fam…
in Japanese 飢饉(ききん)…
in Indonesian bahaya kelaparan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 饥荒, 饥荒时期…
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