American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Scots Physical strength or power.
- n. Archaic A plentiful harvest; abundance.
- n. Obsolete Reserves of power; resources.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Archaic Rich harvest; plenty; abundance.
- From Old French foison (Wiktionary)
- Middle English foisoun, from Old French foison, from Latin fūsiō, fūsiōn-, a pouring, from fūsus, past participle of fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I recorded the date of my marriage and the conception of my wife and the birth of my daughter; and from her horoscope I find that her name is conjoined with that of her cousin; 401 and there are damsels in foison for our lord the Sultan.’”
“And it is almost needless to say that in both _subjects_ for novel treatment "foison," as both French and”
“The others came back in the eventide, bearing with them foison of blue hare-bells, and telling joyously how they had found them anigh the coppice edge in such a place: and thereafter they were merry, and sang and talked the evening away, and showed”
“Paddington came in, too, drawling and lisping and twiddling his hair; so did Champignac, and his chef — everybody with foison of compliments and pretty speeches — plaguing poor me, who longed to be rid of them, and was thinking every moment of the time of mon pauvre prisonnier.”
“ Swells to the warm west-wind, in gales of foison alighting;”
“Juno descends in a chariot from the roof over the theatre to converse with Iris and Ceres; they bring with them the bounty and foison of a generous earth to help celebrate.”
“And as they had dreamed, so it came to passe: for being awakened out of their sleepe, in came his men with so great foison of fish, that the same might haue sufficed a great armie of men, for the vittelling of them at that season.”
“Latinus reigns you shall not [262-294] lack foison of rich land nor”
“There is a region Greeks name Hesperia, an ancient land, mighty in arms and foison of the clod; Oenotrian men dwell therein; now rumour is that”
“Greeks name Hesperia, an ancient land, mighty in arms and foison of the clod; Oenotrian men dwelt therein; now rumour is that a younger race from their captain's name have called it Italy.”
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