n [C, U] (instance of) extreme scarcity of food in a region 饥荒
*a famine in Ethiopia 埃塞俄比亚的饥荒
* The long drought was followed by months of famine. 久旱之後出现长达数月的饥荒.
n [U and C]
[Date: 1300-1400; Language: French;Origin:Latin fames 'hungry condition']
a situation in which a large number of people have little or no food for a long time and many people die
the great potato famine in Ireland
Widespread famine had triggered a number of violent protests.
A million people are facing famine .
1. Naked, except for a light hospital gown, she is so very small and light that she seems like a victim of some terrible famine. 除了一件浅色的病号服，她什么也没穿。她又小又轻，简直像一个严重饥荒的受害者。
2. Failure of crops often results in famine. 粮食欠收常常导致饥荒。