flour or meal made from cereal grains and cooked as cereal, used in puddings, soups, etc.
Chiefly British. starch, especially potato starch.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin farīna meal, flour, equivalent to far emmer + -īna, feminine of -īnus -ine1

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farina (fəˈriːnə)
1.  flour or meal made from any kind of cereal grain
2.  chiefly (Brit) starch, esp prepared from potato flour
[C18: from Latin fār spelt, coarse meal]

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late 14c., from L. farina "ground wheat, flour, meal," from far (gen. farris) "grits, a kind of grain."
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When he has nothing else he eats the farina, as it is called, by the handful.
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