Definition of starve-acre in US English:

starve-acre

noun

  • 1A piece of land that produces poor crops.

  • 2English regional (southern). The corn buttercup, Ranunculus arvensis, also called hunger-weed, which can be a troublesome weed of arable land. Now rare and chiefly historical.

adjective

  • Of land: that produces poor crops, starved.

Origin

Early 19th century. From starve + acre.

Pronunciation

starve-acre

/ˈstɑːveɪkə/