Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Fen-sucked adjective Sucked out of marches. " Fen-sucked fogs." Shak.
Fenes-tella noun [ Latin , dim. of fenestra ... window.] (Architecture) Any small windowlike opening or recess, esp. one to show the relics within an altar, or the like.
; plural Fenestræ
. [ Latin , a window.] (Anat.) A small opening; esp., one of the apertures, closed by membranes, between the tympanum and internal ear.
Fenestral adjective [ Latin fenestra a window.]
1. (Architecture) Pertaining to a window or to windows. 2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to a fenestra.
Fenestral noun (Architecture) A casement or window sash, closed with cloth or paper instead of glass. Weale.
Fenestrate adjective [ Latin fenestratus , past participle of fenestrare to furnish with openings and windows.]
1. Having numerous openings; irregularly reticulated; as, fenestrate membranes; fenestrate fronds. 2. (Zoology) Having transparent spots, as the wings of certain butterflies.
Fenestrated adjective 1. (Architecture) Having windows; characterized by windows. 2. Same as Fenestrate .
1. (Architecture) The arrangement and proportioning of windows; -- used by modern writers for the decorating of an architectural composition by means of the window (and door) openings, their ornaments, and proportions. 2. (Anat.) The state or condition of being fenestrated.
Fenestrule noun [ Latin fenestrula a little window, dim. of fenestra a window.] (Zoology) One of the openings in a fenestrated structure.
Fêng-hwang noun [ Chin. feng + 'huang .] (Chinese Myth.) A pheasantlike bird of rich plumage and graceful form and movement, fabled to appear in the land on the accession of a sage to the throne, or when right principles are about to prevail. It is often represented on porcelains and other works of art.
Fêng-shui noun [ Chin. feng wind + shiu water.] A system of spirit influences for good and evil believed by the Chinese to attend the natural features of landscape; also, a kind of geomancy dealing with these influences, used in determining sites for graves, houses, etc.
Fengite noun (Min.) A kind of marble or alabaster, sometimes used for windows on account of its transparency.
Fenian noun [ From the Finians or Fenii , the old militia of Ireland, who were so called from Fin or Finn , Fionn , or Fingal , a popular hero of Irish traditional history.] A member of a secret organization, consisting mainly of Irishmen, having for its aim the overthrow of English rule in Ireland.
Fenian adjective Pertaining to Fenians or to Fenianism.
Fenianism noun The principles, purposes, and methods of the Fenians.
Fenks (fĕnks) noun The refuse whale blubber, used as a manure, and in the manufacture of Prussian blue. Ure.
Fennec (fĕn"nĕk) noun [ Arabic fanek .] (Zoology) A small, African, foxlike animal ( Vulpes zerda ) of a pale fawn color, remarkable for the large size of its ears.
[ Anglo-Saxon fenol
, from Latin feniculum
, dim. of fenum
, hay: confer French fenouil
. Confer Fenugreek
.] (Botany) A perennial plant of the genus Fæniculum ( F. vulgare ), having very finely divided leaves. It is cultivated in gardens for the agreeable aromatic flavor of its seeds.
Smell of sweetest fennel . Milton.
A sprig of fennel was in fact the theological smelling bottle of the tender sex. S. G. Goodrich. Azorean, or Sweet
, ( Fæniculum dulce ). It is a smaller and stouter plant than the common fennel, and is used as a pot herb.
-- Dog's fennel ( Anthemis Cotula ), a foul- smelling European weed; -- called also mayweed .
-- Fennel flower (Botany)
, an herb ( Nigella ) of the Buttercup family, having leaves finely divided, like those of the fennel. N. Damascena is common in gardens. N. sativa furnishes the fennel seed, used as a condiment, etc., in India. These seeds are the "fitches" mentioned in Isaiah (xxviii. 25).
-- Fennel water (Medicine)
, the distilled water of fennel seed. It is stimulant and carminative.
-- Giant fennel ( Ferula communis ), has stems full of pith, which, it is said, were used to carry fire, first, by Prometheus.
-- Hog's fennel
, a European plant ( Peucedanum officinale ) looking something like fennel.
Fennish adjective Abounding in fens; fenny.
Fenny adjective [ Anglo-Saxon fennig .] Pertaining to, or inhabiting, a fen; abounding in fens; swampy; boggy. " Fenny snake." Shak.
[ Anglo-Saxon fynig
to become musty or filthy: confer fennig
fenny, muddy, dirty, from fen
fen. Confer Finew
.] Corrupted; decayed; moldy. See Vinnewed .
[ Obsolete] Dr. Favour.
Fensi-ble adjective Fencible. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ Latin faenum Graecum
, lit., Greek hay: confer French fenugrec
. Confer Fennel
.] (Botany) A plant ( trigonella Fœnum Græcum ) cultivated for its strong-smelling seeds, which are
"now only used for giving false importance to horse medicine and damaged hay." J. Smith (Pop. Names of Plants, 1881).
Feod noun A feud. See 2d Feud . Blackstone.
Feodal adjective Feudal. See Feudal .
Feodality noun Feudal tenure; the feudal system. See Feudality . Burke.
Feodary noun 1. An accomplice.
Art thou a feodary for this act? Shak. 2. (Eng. Law) An ancient officer of the court of wards. Burrill.
Feoff transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Feoffed
; present participle & verbal noun
.] [ Middle English feffen
, Old French feffer
, French fieffer
, from fief
fief; confer Late Latin feoffare
. See Fief
.] (Law) To invest with a fee or feud; to give or grant a corporeal hereditament to; to enfeoff.
Feoff noun (Law) A fief. See Fief .
Feoffee noun [ Old French feoffé .] (Law) The person to whom a feoffment is made; the person enfeoffed.
Feoffment noun [ Old French feoffement , fieffement ; confer Late Latin feoffamentum .] (Law) (a) The grant of a feud or fee. (b) (Eng. Law) A gift or conveyance in fee of land or other corporeal hereditaments, accompanied by actual delivery of possession. Burrill. (c) The instrument or deed by which corporeal hereditaments are conveyed. [ Obsolete in the U.S., Rare in Eng.]
Feofor, Feoffer noun [ Old French feoour .] (Law) One who enfeoffs or grants a fee.
Fer adjective & adverb Far. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Fer-de-lance noun [ French, the iron of a lance, lance head.] (Zoology) A large, venomous serpent ( Trigonocephalus lanceolatus ) of Brazil and the West Indies. It is allied to the rattlesnake, but has no rattle.
Feracious adjective [ Latin ferax , -acis , from ferre to bear.] Fruitful; producing abundantly. [ R.] Thomson.
Feracity noun [ Latin feracitas .] The state of being feracious or fruitful. [ Obsolete] Beattie.
[ Latin ferus
. See Fierce
.] (Bot. & Zoology) Wild; untamed; ferine; not domesticated; -- said of beasts, birds, and plants.
Feral adjective [ Latin feralis , belonging to the dead.] Funereal; deadly; fatal; dangerous. [ R.] " Feral accidents." Burton.
obsolete imperfect of Fare . Chaucer.
[ See Farthing
.] A measure of land mentioned in Domesday Book. It is supposed to have consisted of a few acres only.
[ Middle English ferd
fear. See Fear
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Middle English fere
companion, Anglo-Saxon gefēra
, from fēran
to go, travel, faran
to travel. √78. See Fare
.] A mate or companion; -- often used of a wife.
[ Obsolete] [ Written also fear
And Cambel took Cambrina to his fere . Spenser. In fere
, together; in company.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Fere adjective [ Confer Latin ferus wild.] Fierce. [ Obsolete]
[ See Fire
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ See Fear
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Fere transitive verb & i. To fear. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Feretory noun [ Latin feretrum bier, Greek ..., from ... to bear, akin to Latin ferre , English bear to support.] A portable bier or shrine, variously adorned, used for containing relics of saints. Mollett.
Ferforth adverb Far forth. [ Obsolete] As ferforth as , as far as. -- So ferforth , to such a degree.
Feræ noun plural [ Latin , wild animals, fem. plural of ferus wild.] (Zoology) A group of mammals which formerly included the Carnivora, Insectivora, Marsupialia, and lemurs, but is now often restricted to the Carnivora. Fe"ræ na*tu"ræ [ Latin ] Of a wild nature; -- applied to animals, as foxes, wild ducks, etc., in which no one can claim property.