What is another word for famine?

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A shortage
“Being an aged citizen of times long gone, I can recall my old grandad telling me about how the American Civil War brought about a cotton famine in the Lancashire mills.”
Extreme scarcity of food
“Twenty years after images of starving Ethiopian children shocked the world, famine and drought continue to stalk this African nation.”
A lack of adequate nourishment
The act of abstaining from, or eating very little, food
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