from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Odor; scent.
- n. The track or trail, as of a deer.
- n. Same as fealty.
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And when he was sitting at the table with me, he would, what the French call ` feute '-- he would keep twisting his hands around with papers and shifting them about very nervously.
NOW leave we there and speak of Sir Launcelot that rode a great while in a deep forest, where he saw a black brachet, seeking in manner as it had been in the feute of an hurt deer.
Why say ye so? said Sir Launcelot, I did never this knight no harm, for hither by feute of blood this brachet brought me; and therefore, fair lady, be not displeased with me, for I am full sore aggrieved of your grievance.
And therewith he rode after the brachet, and he saw lie on the ground a large feute of blood.
And so when the hind came to the well, for heat she went to soil, and there she lay a great while; and the dog came after, and umbecast about, for she had lost the very perfect feute of the hind.