Definitions

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  • adj. Injured as by fire; burned; said of manure which has lost its goodness and acquired an ashy hue because of the heat generated by decomposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Injured as by fire; burned; -- said of manure which has lost its goodness and acquired an ashy hue in consequence of heat generated by decomposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dried up as by fire.

Etymologies

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fire + fanged seized.

Examples

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  • (adjective) - (1) Fire-bitten. Spoken of oatmeal &c. that is overdried.

    --Francis Grose's Glossary of Provincial and Local Words, 1811

    (2) Burnt, overheated, dried; fire-fangitness, the state of being overheated, burnt.

    --Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1898-1905

    (3) Cheese is said to be firefangit when it is swelled and cracked, and has received a peculiar taste in consequence of being exposed to much heat before it has been dried.

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

    January 17, 2018

  • Sounds like pish anyway ... what's a dictionary doing offering gardening advice?

    August 14, 2010

  • "Manure which has lost its goodness" is not a phrase you hear often.

    August 14, 2010

  • "Injured as by fire; burned; -- said of manure which has lost its goodness and acquired an ashy hue in consequence of heat generated by decomposition."

    - GNU Webster's 1913

    August 11, 2010