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famine

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈfæm.ɪn/ us  
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.
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