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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. an acute insufficiency;
[syn: dearth, famine, shortage]

2. a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Famine \Fam"ine\, n. [F. famine, fr. L. fames hunger; cf. Gr. ????? want, need, Skr. h[=a]ni loss, lack, h[=a] to leave.] General scarcity of food; dearth; a want of provisions; destitution. "Worn with famine." --Milton. [1913 Webster] There was a famine in the land. --Gen. xxvi. 1. [1913 Webster] Famine fever (Med.), typhus fever. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

famine n 1: an acute insufficiency [syn: dearth, famine, shortage] 2: a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

42 Moby Thesaurus words for "famine": absence, aridity, barrenness, beggary, birth control, contraception, dearth, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, deprivation, destitution, drought, dry womb, dryness, exiguity, family planning, imperfection, impotence, impoverishment, incompleteness, ineffectualness, infecundity, infertility, lack, need, omission, paucity, planned parenthood, scarcity, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, starvation, sterileness, sterility, unfertileness, unfruitfulness, unproductiveness, want, wantage, withered loins
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Famine The first mentioned in Scripture was so grievous as to compel Abraham to go down to the land of Egypt (Gen. 26:1). Another is mentioned as having occurred in the days of Isaac, causing him to go to Gerar (Gen. 26:1, 17). But the most remarkable of all was that which arose in Egypt in the days of Joseph, which lasted for seven years (Gen. 41-45). Famines were sent as an effect of God's anger against a guilty people (2 Kings 8:1, 2; Amos 8:11; Deut. 28:22-42; 2 Sam. 21:1; 2 Kings 6:25-28; 25:3; Jer. 14:15; 19:9; 42:17, etc.). A famine was predicted by Agabus (Acts 11:28). Josephus makes mention of the famine which occurred A.D. 45. Helena, queen of Adiabene, being at Jerusalem at that time, procured corn from Alexandria and figs from Cyprus for its poor inhabitants.