Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A framework forming a hollow in a stack of grain for ventilation; the vacancy itself.

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Examples

  • When the corn is in a doubtful state, by being too green or wet, the stack-builder, by means of old timber, etc., makes a large apartment in his stack, with an opening in the side which is fairest exposed to the wind: this he calls a “fause-house.

    Halloween

  • [10] When the corn is in a doubtful state, by being too green, or wet, the stack-builder, by means of old timber, etc., makes a large apartment in his stack, with an opening in the side which is fairest exposed to the wind: this he calls a _fause-house_.

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • a ninny have some stories about a wonderful goose, let him out with them, and then waddle away with his fat friend into the stackyard -- where they may take sweet counsel together in the "fause-house."

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2

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  • (noun) - (1) A vacancy in a stack for preserving corns.

    --John Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, 1808

    (2) A hollow made in a corn-stack, with an opening on the side most exposed to the wind, for the purpose of drying the corn. Scottish form of false and house.

    --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1901

    (3) When the corn is in a doubtful state by being too green or wet, the stackbuilder by means of old timber, makes a large apartment in his stack with an opening in the side which is fairest exposed to the wind; this he calls a fause-house.

    --Robert Burns' Halloween Note, c.1820

    January 16, 2018