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faminenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈfæm.ɪn/ 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.
(Definition of famine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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faminenoun [C/U]

us   /ˈfæm·ən/
an extreme lack of food in a region, causing suffering and death: [U] Widespread famine was reported in the region.
(Definition of famine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “famine”
in Korean 기근…
in Arabic مَجاعة…
in Malaysian kebuluran…
in French famine…
in Russian голод (стихийное бедствие)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 饑荒, 饑荒時期…
in Italian carestia…
in Turkish açlık, kıtlık…
in Polish głód, klęska głodu…
in Spanish hambruna, hambre…
in Vietnamese nạn đói kém…
in Portuguese fome…
in Thai ความอดอยาก…
in German die Hungersnot…
in Catalan fam…
in Japanese 飢饉(ききん)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 饥荒, 饥荒时期…
in Indonesian bahaya kelaparan…
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