Fam"ine (?), n. [F. famine, fr. L. fames hunger; cf. Gr. want, need, Skr. hani loss, lack, ha to leave.]
General scarcity of food; dearth; a want of provisions; destitution.
"Worn with famine
There was a famine in the land.
Gen. xxvi. 1.
Famine fever Med., typhus fever.
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