sad or depressed from a longing for home or family while away from them for a long time.

1790–1800; home + sick1

homesickness, noun Unabridged
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homesick (ˈhəʊmˌsɪk)
depressed or melancholy at being away from home and family

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Example sentences
The logic behind it is that the new bride won't miss her old village as much
  and will be less likely to get homesick.
He was awfully homesick at first, but now he has won his place in his own
  little world and he is all right.
The market is famous for catering to the culinary cravings of homesick
  expatriates and rootless cosmopolitans.
When you're homesick, sometimes it doesn't seem enough to keep in touch by
  phone or email.
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