from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fine meal prepared from cereal grain and various other plant products and often used as a cooked cereal or in puddings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fine flour or meal made from cereal grains or from the starch or fecula of vegetables, extracted by various processes, and used in cookery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fine flour or meal made from cereal grains or from the starch or fecula of vegetables, extracted by various processes, and used in cookery.
  • n. Pollen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a general sense, meal or flour. Specifically
  • n. A soft, tasteless, and commonly white flour, obtained by trituration of the seeds of cereal and leguminous plants, and of some roots, as the potato. It consists of gluten, starch, and mucilage.
  • n. A preparation of white maize in granular form, coarser than meal, but finer than hominy. It is used for puddings, etc.
  • n. In botany, the pollen of flowers.
  • n. In entomology, a mealy powder found on some insects. See farinose

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fine meal made from cereal grain especially wheat; often used as a cooked cereal or in puddings


Middle English, from Latin farīna, from far, a kind of grain; see bhares- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin farīna ("flour, meal"), from far ("kind of grain"). (Wiktionary)


  • She makes some stuff which she calls farina out of it, and grieves bitterly that she is no longer young and spry enough to gather it for herself along the shore.

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  • Being an American ship we didn't have oatmeal for breakfast but were served what they called farina which many years later I discovered to be cream of wheat.

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  • For example, sago reaches a fairly stable viscosity after vigorous boiling for a period of about two hours while farina, which is very thick when first boiled, rapidly loses viscosity as boiling proceeds.

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  • -- The wheat preparation called farina is very much the same as cream of wheat, being manufactured in practically the same manner.

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  • The unprepared farina, which is the pith of the sago palm, is imported from a neighbouring island.

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  • Their food consisted of rice, or farina, which is flour made from the cassada, a species of potato boiled, or calabancies, a kind of bean; occasionally a small quantity of salt beef, fish, or chillies, was served out to them as a relish.

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  • Of this the capsule, about an inch in length, is covered with soft prickles or hair, opens like a bivalve shell, and contains in its cavities a dozen or more seeds, the size of grape-stones, thickly covered with a reddish farina, which is the part that constitutes the dye.

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  • It stands for rava or cream of wheat (coarsely ground wheat also known as "farina" or "semolina"), a pantry staple in most Indian households.

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  • The rather soft, smooth cereals, such as farina and cream of rice, are to be measured in just the same way, but they need not be cooked overnight; only put on in a double boiler in the morning for an hour.

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  • The things were such as I had persuaded her to mention; a new kind of farina, figs, two portfolios (of course she didn't ask for two, but I had one I thought she would, perhaps, like better than the one I bought), a few crackers, and several books.

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